What does chivalry really mean?

The art of civility and its origins

Stars Insider

12/08/22 | StarsInsider


Is chivalry dead? That question has rung in people's ears for decades, as civility and common respect seem to drift further and further out of style. But what do we really know about chivalry?

You might have heard of its connection to the knights of the Middle Ages. But was it really all about courtship and rescuing princesses from towers? The short answer is no, but the reasons might surprise you.

Indeed, chivalry came about during a tumultuous time in European history, when lawlessness ran rampant. And although we usually think of knights as pillars of justice and nobility, that wasn't always the case. Intrigued? Then read on to learn about the real history of chivalry.

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