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Chivalry was the great code of conduct respected by the knights and heroes during the romantic medieval era Marked by honor courtesy and generosity chivalry included military skill valor loyalty to both God and the knights lord and sympathy towards the sick oppressed and widowed Within the realms of chivalry was also encompassed the policy of courtly love This love was refined elegant gracious and selfless Though highly romantic the devotion of this love was usually focused on a sexually unattainable woman In two of the literary works we discussed in class Eliduc and Don Quixote elements of both chivalry and courtly love are evident However in each of these pieces are also characters who stray from this ideal code of conduct In the beginning of the tale of Eliduc the protagonist appears to be a character of great chivalry and high morale He is a heroic knight whose courageous deeds earned him pride and honor and he lives a happy and faithful life with his wife in the kingdom of Brittany In every respect he remains the ideal model of how a knight should act in society Even when the king betrays him in exile Eliducs loyalty remains strong The king had only to summon him and he was willing to leave behind the new life he had made overseas and return to BrittanyHowever there are certain aspects of Eliducs new life that violated his chivalry Despite his promise to remain faithful to his wife while in exile Eliduc falls in love with a young princess Guilliadun Through his illicit affair he dishonors both the princess and her father He refuses to seek permission from her father and in doing so betrays the trust and loyalty between them He also neglects to tell the young girl he is already marries Though their affair was never sexual Eliduc still broke a rule of courtly love by obtaining the unattainable womanEliducs wife Guildeluec is the perfect
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