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PAINTER AND KAUEPER NOBLESSE ET PROUESSE Grace and Violence in Medieval Chivalry There are several interpretations of Medieval Chivalry The reason for the multiple interpretations is the vast divide between the two facets of chivalry the two contradictory tenets of noble behavior and thoughtless violence On one hand a chivalrous knight was expected to have perfect manners to be full at ease in social situations treat women according to the doctrines of courtly love and always be honorable in their actions On the other hand it is constantly shown that in the colloquial attitude being the best chivalrous knight depended almost solely on prouesse or prowess skill in fighting and ability to coerce others by brute force The authors discussed herein are offer two of such interpretations Sidney Painter offers a view of chivalry as a system of genteel decorum dotted with duels over honor and occasional fighting Dissimilarly Kaeuper aims to prove in his work that gentlemanly behavior was in fact a thin and often false veneer on a system of brutish and unrestrained violence he aims to pick apart the exclusively idealistic and romantic views widely held nowadays on medieval chivalry In the measure of a knights worth there are many courtly factors such as largesse noblesse courtoisie and mesure Generosity nobility of family loyal and honorable conduct in general and restraint respectively As Painter holds courtly traits such as these are what compose chivalry Chivalry as we use the term denotes the ideals and practices considered suitable for a noble French Chivalry Painter p1 Painter is conveys quite simply what he feels is the essence of chivalry and that is the noble behavior of those that practice it The reason he says that it is behavior suitable of a noble is that nobles were practically the only people who could afford to be in any sort of official way a chivalric knight The feudal aristocrats who were so
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