An Examination of Chivalry in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"

Chivalry, the order of knighthood, and specifically, the code of knightly patterns,

comes from many origins. In Middle English, the term "chevalrie" meant "mounted

horseman". In Old french, the term "chevalrie" meant knightliness or "chevalier"

meaning knight. (Microft, Encarta) Virtually all origins of the term meant horseman.

Warfare had not been an

choice in the medieval period and the knight was the most

crutial part. The knight's capacity, and the military durability of god, the father or king were

nessesary for their survival. A knight was faithful to his king despite the fact that he was not always

a person in his personal courtroom. He was also devoted to his lord or landowner. The majority of all,

he was devoted to God, as all Christian knights had been. A Christian knight experienced virtues of

fidelity, piety, loyalty and devotion to God. Even so, some knights didn't live this ideal

lifestyle. (Duby)

A boy in

training to become a knight spent the initial couple of years of his life in


of the ladies in his family. At age 7 years old, a kid of noble birth would be

placed in the