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The chivalric code places an extremely rigorous standard of conduct on anyone who lives by it To achieve it completely takes almost super-human qualities One is expected to fiercely protect the honor of his liege his love and himself while remaining totally without pride This is almost impossible this lifestyle would unquestionably create pride It is shown in Marie de Frances Lanval how this code can often create a conflict Lanval is shown to be the strongest of King Arthurs knights but he still becomes a victim of this system He is placed in position where doing one thing which he believes to be demanded by the code actually causes him to go directly against the code This is a direct result of an unreasonable code which does not consider the basic humanity of its subjects The Knights of the Round Table are supposed to be exemplars of the chivalric code Part of the code and the symbolic meaning of the round table is unity and equality amongst the knights In Lanval all the other knights are portrayed as jealous of Lanval His men disliked him too the lotWere envious of his handsomenessHis strength his courage his largesse20-23 It is only natural for these knights to arrive at this jealousy in this system which judges ones valor by strength beauty and generosity Lanval exemplifies all of these things more than any other knight and they resent him for it It is Lanvals greatness according to the code which causes his peers to break it Lanval is made an outsider for being too good The other knights act contrary to the code in their vanity in an attempt to better fulfill the same code Chivalric love is truly a lofty ideal Though marriage still had little to do with love the power of the love between a man and woman was recognized by the code It is also idealized by the code so much so that
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