Truth is the foundation of Chivalry, and must be sought above
personal agendas and gains. Truth is
necessary for knowledge and wisdom.
One must speak the truth and
seek it before making judgements.
A knight must be true to his word, and maintain a high standard
of moral conduct. He must be graceful and maintain dignity in
both success and defeat.
Defense of the weak, aiding those who need it, reverence to
the law, measured responses without malice, and
combatting evil, prejudice, ignorance, and injustice
in all their guises is the calling of a knight.
Not a lack of fear, valor is the ability to do what must be done
despite one's fears. To stand tall and face a challenge, to
stand up for what is right despite what people may think of you,
and to put aside personal interests to uphold what is right and good.
Fortitude of body, mind, and spirit, to accomplish what needs to be
done, is important for a knight to succeed in his endeavors. One
must have the discipline to maintain one's health and prowess to
be of service to the greater good.
Largesse and charity are important for a knight. Generosity of
thought, material, and action must be given when the situation
calls for it.
Protecting, aiding, and serving friends and family who deserve
your respect and service. A knight should never mistreat friends
One must always be honest and truthful about oneself. Refraining
from self-destructiveness is as important as refraining from
boastful behavior. It is important for the knight to seek and find
his place in the world, and the role he plays within it. Bearing
responsibility without complaint, yet accepting and identifying
his own strengths and weaknesses so that he may continue to grow
the former, and learn from the latter. Do not boast of your
deeds; let others do that for you. Tell of the deeds of others
before your own, to be both humble and courteous.
A knight should always be polite and mannerly, in speaking and conduct,
even to those with whom one is angry, or in disagreement. Speak
of others before yourself, hold doors open for others, and speak
well of everyone unless they have earned otherwise.
Compassion is the cornerstone of Chivalry. A knight who does not
show caring and consideration for those around him is not a knight
afterall. One must value the life, happiness, safety, and freedom
of those around him at all times.
Although this word is sometimes confused with entitlement or
snobbishness, in the code of chivalry it conveys the importance of
upholding one's convictions and maintaining a sense of honor and dignity
at all times, especially when no one else is watching.
Practicing what you preach, living up to your own standards, embodying
your own ideals as best you can. Presenting yourself with integrity
and dignity, and maintaining grace.