Codes of Chivalry


The Ten Commandments of Chivalry

From Chivalry by Leon Gautier (1832-1897)


I: Thou shalt believe all that the Church teaches, and shalt observe all its directions.

II: Thou shalt defend the Church.

III: Thou shalt respect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.

IV: Thou shalt love the country in which thou wast born.

V: Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.

VI: Thou shalt make war against the Infidel without cessation, and without mercy.

VII: Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of God.

VIII: Thou shalt never lie, and shall remain faithful to thy pledged word.

IX: Thou shalt be generous, and give largess to everyone.

X: Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against Injustice

     and Evil.




Charlemagne's Code of Chivalry


To fear God and maintain His Church

To serve the liege lord in valor and faith

To protect the weak and defenseless

To give succor to widows and orphans

To refrain from the wanton giving of offence

To live by honour and for glory

To despise pecuniary reward

To fight for the welfare of all

To obey those placed in authority

To guard the honour of fellow knights

To eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit

To keep faith

At all times to speak the truth

To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun

To respect the honour of women

Never to refuse a challenge from an equal

Never to turn the back upon a foe.












Nine Points of Knightly Virtue


1.  Honor

2.  Loyalty

3.  Liberality

4.  Pride

5.  Good Faith

6.  Bravery

7.  Glory

8.  Courtesy

9.  Unselfishness




The Code of Chivalry


    * Live to serve King and Country.

    * Live to defend Crown and Country and all it holds dear.

    * Live one's life so that it is worthy of respect and honor.

    * Live for freedom, justice and all that is good.

    * Never attack an unarmed foe.

    * Never use a weapon on an opponent not equal to the attack.

    * Never attack from behind.

    * Avoid lying to your fellow man.

    * Avoid cheating.

    * Avoid torture.

    * Obey the law of king, country, and chivalry.

    * Administer justice.

    * Protect the innocent.

    * Exhibit self control.

    * Show respect to authority.

    * Respect women.

    * Exhibit Courage in word and deed.

    * Defend the weak and innocent.

    * Destry evil in all of its monstrous forms.

    * Crush the monsters that steal our land and rob our people.

    * Fight with honor.

    * Avenge the wronged.

    * Never abandon a friend, ally, or noble cause.

    * Fight for the ideals of king, country, and chivalry.

    * Die with valor.

    * Always keep one's word of honor.

    * Always maintain one's principles.

    * Never betray a confidence or comrade.

    * Avoid deception.

    * Respect life and freedom.

    * Die with honor.

    * Exhibit manners.

    * Be polite and attentive.

    * Be respectful of host, women, and honor.

    * Loyalty to country, King, honor, freedom, and the code of chivalry.

    * Loyalty to one's friends and those who lay their trust in thee.