Laws of Chivalry

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We do not consider ourselves an elite group of men, nor do we think we are of the highest calibre. It could cause the men to imagine themselves better than they really are and this could in turn lead to recklessness. We are simply just trackers out to do a job

Thou shalt defend yourself and your Tribe

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

Thou shalt love the country in which thou wast born.

Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.

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

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

Thou shalt be generous, and give as much as possible to everyone.

Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against Injustice and Evil.

Loyalty: It is a practical utility in a warrior nobility. Richard Kaeuper associates loyalty with prowess.  The importance of reputation for loyalty in noble conduct is demonstrated in William Marshal biography.

Forbearance: knights’ self-control towards other warriors and at the courts of their lords was a part of the early noble habitus.  The nobility of mercy and forbearance was well established by the second half of the 12th century long before there was any code of chivalry.

Hardihood: The quality of hardy aligns itself with forbearance and loyalty in being one of the military virtues of the preudomme. According to Philip de Navarra, a mature nobleman should have acquired hardiness as part of his moral virtues. Geoffrey de Charny also stressed on the masculine respectability of hardiness in the light of religious feeling of the contemptus mundi.

Largesse or Liberality: generosity was part of a noble quantity. According to Alan of Lille, largesse was not just a simple matter of giving away what he had, but “Largitas in a man caused him to set no store on greed or gifts, and to have nothing but contempt for bribes.”

The davidic ethic: It is the strongest qualities of preudomme derived by clerics from Biblical tradition. Originally it was a set of expectations of good rulership articulated by the Frankish church which involved the rightful authority based on protection for the weak and helpless, respect for widows and orphans, and opposition to the cruel and unjust.  The core of Davidic ethic is benevolence of the strong toward the weak.

Honor: honor was what was achieved by living up to the ideal of the preudomme and pursuing the qualities and behavior listed above.  The loss of honor is a humiliation to a man’s standing and is worse than death.  Bertran de Born  said: “For myself I prefer to hold a little piece of land in honor, than to hold a great empire with dishonor”.

cultivate ourselves morally;

cultivate the correct performance of practices;

cultivate humaneness.

The gentleman does not needlessly and unnecessarily remind an offender of a wrong he may have committed against him. He can not only forgive, he can forget; and he strives for that nobleness of self and mildness of character which impart sufficient strength to let the past be but the past. A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others.