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In the Medieval Period knights dedicated their lives to following the code of chivalry In Sir Thomas Malorys Le Morte dArthur a number of characters performed chivalrous acts to achieve the status of an ideal knight Their characteristics of respect for women and courtesy for all helpfulness to the weak honor and skill in battle made the characters King Arthur King Pellinore and Sir Gryfflette examples of a what knights strove to be like in Medieval society Because of the examples ofchivalry Le Morte dArthur showed what a knight desired to be so he could improve theworld in which he lived Respect for women and courtesy were two major characteristics that knights longed to develop and King Arthur was able to demonstrate them in two specific instances Arthur showed great respect for the Lady of the Lake Merlin the magician who guided Arthur as he grew to be a legendary knight advised him to address her courteously and do as she directed page 75 Arthur spoke very politely and she gave him the famous sword Excaliber In his respect for the lady he also promised to give heany gift she wants because she presented him with the sword Respectfulness to women was one quality knights strove for but less specifically a knight was expected to be courteous towards everyone King Arthur demonstrated this characteristic while dealing with the Roman ambassadors They asked for a tribute and Arthur responded we shall not put you to death for your insolent words page 74 Then he warned them that if they came back he would kill them This was considerate behavior because even though he was angry he was polite and allowed them to leave safely The warning also showed his courtesy because he could have not told them in anticipation of their return in order to kill them because of their disagreement These two examples of King Arthurs respect for the Lady of the Lake and
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