Romance and Chivalry – an inseparable pair
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.’
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.
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.’
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.
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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