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Romance and Chivalry – an inseparable pair

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According to Mirriam Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, ‘The first romances were a monstrous assemblage of histories, in which truth and fiction were blended without probability; a composition of amorous adventures and the extravagant ideas of chivalry.’

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I think we all have our notion of what romance and what romantic may be. It fascinated me to read that early thought of romance dealt with knights and their noble behavior toward the ‘Lady’ they were to serve. It made me think that we encourage our little girls to dream about being princesses and oftentimes treat them as such. But, I wonder, would we have a different society if we encouraged our boys to be knightly.

Romance Definition

Chivalry incorporated a noble form of ethics. Knights were ‘instructed, with especial emphasis, to serve a lady most honorably, with purity of heart and mind. To that end, he committed himself to the welfare of both Lord and Lady with unwavering discipline and devotion, while at the same time, presuming to uphold core principles set forth in the code by the religion by which he followed.’ Also, the knight’s manner of behavior was to regard himself towards a lady, was with a transcendence of premeditated thought; his virtue ingrained within his character. A chevalier was to conduct himself always graciously, bestowing upon her the utmost courtesy and attentiveness. He was to echo shades of this to all women, regardless of class, age, or status.’

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I think so many things could be different if we engrained in our young boys these attributes and highly prized them so that when they grew to be men, they could so honor and love their wife and family that the women would in turn honor and love them in the same manner. Wouldn’t that be wonderful. I am blessed to have such a wonderful husband – he is my hero and he is my knight.

Romantic Tea Chivalry
These things I am pondering today, as I am away from home – taking care of errands – at a lovely Coffee Bistro – enjoying the eclectic atmosphere – thinking upon these lovely things – the art and virtue of romance and chivalry.

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Comments

  1. I love this post. The paintings of knights and their ladies simply sweep me away, as well as making me think. It’s my first time to your website. “A Return to Loveliness” is also a consuming idea that I love. Thank you for hosting this blog party. I will be visiting again.
    Blessings,
    Fiordelisa

  2. Wonderful post. The pre raphaelites were wonderful artists and the stories of romance are lovely, aren’t they> Fidelity, loyalty and ourity are certainly diminishing in our society. Sigh….lovely post and thanks for hosting.
    Ruth

  3. I loved this. You are right about the princess treatment and then forgetting to raise knights!! I try to teach Lucas treat everyone well, be polite and sensitive….it’s so important. Once while on vacation, he started paying close attention to holding doors open and holding the elevator for other guests. Several times people said, “What a gentleman.” Oh, he loved that. I try to encourage him to keep it up. :)
    Karen

    • I think that’s marvelous, Karen. We did the same with our son when he was younger.With each of us doing this – I think we can make a difference. Have a wonderful week,
      Kathy

  4. Oh yes sweet friend..I too have a husband who is my hero and a knight in shining armour. Your post is so romantic and the tea vignette just makes me want to be at your house for tea. Lovely. Happy Valentine’s month and have a wonderful week. Thank you for hosting such a lovely party.
    FABBY

  5. I love the beautiful inspiration here at Delightsome Live. Thanks for hosting.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

  6. Hi Kathy,
    wonderful pictures and a lovely tea setting. Romantic is the things, we all would love to have a bit more in our lifes. So nice to enjoy it on your blog.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  7. A lovely romantic post and interesting facts! Thank you for hosting your party this week and have a wonderful evening!
    Nancy

  8. Lavender Cottage says:

    I think girls of our age group grew up with romantic notions from the stories we read and movies we watched. I couldn’t say if kids the age of our teenage grandchildren would look for the same virtues in a man as we did.
    After 40 years of marriage, my husband still holds doors for me, as well as the car door to get in.
    Judith

  9. I am such a romantic, too. I absolutely love your post… I remember in my art class, my dear freiend Dena used that very same photo of the painting of the knight leaning down to kiss his damsel in her work she was doing….. Romance and hearts and tea, and chocolate all just make us sing with joy! Thanks for the memory and for your lovely blog!

  10. Dear Kathy,
    Beautiful Romantic post! Love your pink & gold china collection. So Pretty! Thanks for hosting.
    Wishing you a wonderful week.
    hugs,
    Lisa

  11. HI Kathy,

    How lovely and romantic! Everything was just beautiful.

    Thank you for hosting such a wonderful party!

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

  12. What a lovely post, Kathy! The tea settings are beautiful and I enjoyed the romantic photos too. I could usually be found with a romance novel in my hands when I was a teenager, and my dreams came true when I met and married my prince. Like you, I am one of the blessed ones! Thank you for hosting and enjoy the upcoming week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  13. Thankfully my in-laws raised a knight as well. I have 3 boys and I’m doing my best to pass that torch to them. Beautiful post!

  14. I love your post with the lovely romantic pictures. Some of my favorites. Have a great week.
    ~Clara

  15. Thanks for hosting. I love the paintinggs you chose as pre-rapahelites are favourites of mine.

  16. Blessings, Kathy – and so many stunning changes to your site! I have sneaked in for a peak here and there but have not been commenting as often – and posting even less! However, I prepped this tea post last week to be sure I wouldn’t be crushed for time today. You have posted some of my daughter’s favorite pieces of art. She had her room decked in these chivalry paintings and every Christmas I would get her the Camelot calendar at the bookstore. This year, however, she shares a bedroom with her new husband and they are making new decorator choices together. She found her romance and chivalrous knight – she doesn’t need the pictures anymore, I guess. Such lovely thoughts on the topic you’ve shared here. I heartily agree!
    Joy!
    Kathy

  17. This is such a lovely post. Such romance and beautiful art.

  18. I love those romantic prints. I use to have a knight and I sold it. I sorta regret it now. Getting by late this week. I have had the flu. Thank you for hosting and for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

    • I hope you’re feeling better now – I’ve had it earlier – really put me out a few days – always a joy to have you join in.
      Hugs,
      Kathy

  19. Another beautiful post and another opportunity to join in on A Return To Loveliness. Thanks so much for providing a place to share and enjoy touches of loveliness.

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