The Code of Chivalry was the precursor the rules of war. Elena-Maria states that Chivalry was not universal, indeed it was not and by the time of the Hundred Years War was all but forgotten. This lack of Chivalry was lamented by La Pucelle who seriously strove, (to some good effect at least while she was in command) to restore it's better tenets. For example it was considered a breach of Chivalry top besiege Orleans while the Duc of Orleans was held prisoner in England. It was considered a breach of Chivalry to make prisoner her herald Guyenne. You see that these where both on the part of the English who held the Maid in no esteem.
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Here is a picture of a squire making his vigil before the Blessed Sacrament, praying for the grace to measure up to the code of chivalry, as was the custom before being knighted. There was no set code of chivalry for the medieval period; it changed according to region and century. However, here are some codes which were attributed to the Emperor Charlemagne:
To fear God and maintain His Church.
To serve the liege lord in valor and faith.
To protect the weak and defenseless.
To give succor to widows and orphans.
To refrain from the wanton giving of offense.
To live by honor and for glory.
To despise pecuniary reward.
To fight for the welfare of all.
To obey those placed in authority.
To guard the honor of fellow knights.
To eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit.
To keep faith.
At all times to speak the truth.
To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun.
To respect the honor of women.
Never to refuse a challenge from an equal.
Never to turn the back upon a foe. more...
More on Knighthood tomorrow...