In this Book

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  • On the great influence of a valiant lord: "The companions, who see that good warriors are honored by the great lords for their prowess, become more determined to attain this level of prowess."

  • On the lady who sees her knight honored: "All of this makes the noble lady rejoice greatly within herself at the fact that she has set her mind and heart on loving and helping to make such a good knight or good man-at-arms."

  • On the worthiest amusements: "The best pastime of all is to be often in good company, far from unworthy men and from unworthy activities from which no good can come."


Enter the real world of knights and their code of ethics and behavior. Read how an aspiring knight of the fourteenth century would conduct himself and learn what he would have needed to know when traveling, fighting, appearing in court, and engaging fellow knights.

Composed at the height of the Hundred Years War by Geoffroi de Charny, one of the most respected knights of his age, A Knight's Own Book of Chivalry was designed as a guide for members of the Company of the Star, an order created by Jean II of France in 1352 to rival the English Order of the Garter.

This is the most authentic and complete manual on the day-to-day life of the knight that has survived the centuries, and this edition contains a specially commissioned introduction from historian Richard W. Kaeuper that gives the history of both the book and its author, who, among his other achievements, was the original owner of the Shroud of Turin.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. iii-iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. iv-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Historical Introduction to the Text
  2. pp. 1-46
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 47-47
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  1. The Scale of Prowess and Types of Men-at-Arms
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Deeds of Arms at Tournaments
  2. pp. 48-48
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  1. Deeds of Arms in Local Wars
  2. pp. 49-49
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  1. Deeds of Arms in War Are the Most Honorable
  2. pp. 49-49
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  1. Men-at-Arms Who Undertake Distant Journeys and Pilgrimages
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. Deeds Performed Outside One's Locality for Pay or Other Rewards
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. Deeds Undertaken for Rewards
  2. pp. 52-52
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  1. Deeds Undertaken for Love of a Lady
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Men Who Spend Recklessly to Perform Deeds of Arms
  2. pp. 54-54
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  1. Sacrifices Made by Men-at Arms Whose Deeds Remain Unknown
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Those Who Are Brave But Too Eager for Plunder
  2. pp. 55-55
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  1. How the Highest Standard in Deeds of Arms Is Achieved
  2. pp. 55-57
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  1. How to Study the Art of War
  2. pp. 57-59
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  1. The Great Influence of a Valiant Lord
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. The Heavy Responsibilities of Men of Rank and Prowess
  2. pp. 60-66
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  1. The Lady Who Sees Her Knight Honored
  2. pp. 66-68
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  1. A Good Man-at-Arms Should Not Pamper His Body
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. Good Men-at-Arms Have No Fear of Discomfort
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Advice on Conduct Toward Friends and Enemies
  2. pp. 70-73
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  1. The Role of Fortune
  2. pp. 73-76
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  1. The True Function for Which Rulers Were Created
  2. pp. 76-79
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  1. The Good Rulers Contrasted with the Unworthy
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. The Scale of Qualities in a Man ofWorth: Simplicity of Heart
  2. pp. 80-80
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  1. Those Who Present Themselves Outwardly as. Generous and Devout
  2. pp. 80-80
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  1. Those Who Act Loyally and Serve God
  2. pp. 80-81
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  1. Those Who Are Too Ingenious and Over Subde
  2. pp. 81-81
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  1. Those Who Are Truly Wise
  2. pp. 81-81
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  1. Those Who Have Courage and Skill But Are Thoughtless
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. Those Who Perform Great Deeds But Do Not Lead or Advise
  2. pp. 82-82
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  1. The True Men of Worth, Brave and of Good Counsel
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. The Men-at-Arms of Supreme Worth
  2. pp. 83-91
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  1. The Knighting Ceremony
  2. pp. 91-93
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  1. The Order of Marriage
  2. pp. 93-93
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  1. The Monastic Orders
  2. pp. 93-94
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  1. The Order of Priesthood
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. The Rigors of the Order of Knighthood
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. Those Unworthy To Be Men-at-Arms
  2. pp. 96-97
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  1. The Orders of Priesthood and Knighthood Compared
  2. pp. 97-103
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  1. What Yowtg Ladies Should Wear
  2. pp. 103-105
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  1. A Good Man-at-Arms Can Be Pleasing to God
  2. pp. 105-109
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  1. Notes to the Translation
  2. pp. 110-114
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  1. Suggestions for Further Reading
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 117-117
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812208689
Related ISBN
9780812219098
MARC Record
OCLC
607632942
Pages
128
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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