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On Point For Love Resurecting The Lost Art Of Chivalry: Episode 65

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Chivalry is a word originally related to the medieval institution of knighthood. But today it is usually associated with ideals of knightly virtues, honor and courtly love. Derived from the French word chevalier the word originally meant a man who rides a horse. Today, the terms chivalry and chivalrous are used to describe courteous behavior especially that of men towards women. Chivalry can be classified into three basic but overlapping areas: Duties to countrymen and fellow Christians, Duties to God, And our focus: duties to women. This would contain what is often called courtly love. The idea was that a knight is to serve a lady, and in fact to serve all ladies with a general gentleness and graciousness that treats all women as if they’re something special and unique. No one is so jaded not to mourn the death of chivalry in the modern world. But do we understands the cultural factors that led to its demise?

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