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Chivalry which flourished mostly in the 12th and 13th centuries was the code of the Knights of the Middle Ages This code was a group of unwritten laws of bravery loyalty honesty and courtly love The knight was expected to follow these laws and in this devote his loyalty to a lord or king and to God Knights were also expected to show respect and benevolence towards other knights The code also stressed that knights fought for glory and Christian purposes and not for personal profit In Sir Gawain one can see chivalry at work Gawain being loyal to King Arthur volunteers for the game against the Green Knight In respect of the Green Knight Gawain promises to meet the Green Knight in one years time to continue the game On his journey Gawain stays at Bercilaks castle where he meets Bercilaks lady She starts to have a liking for Gawain and there for introduces the code of courtly love But Gawain remains loyal and honest to Bercilak for after each hunt Bercilak goes on the two exchange there prizes and Gawain presents kisses each time Gawain although does not present the magical sash given to him by the Lady after the last hunt The tale of Gawain can also be considered to be a grail story not in the sense of looking for a cup but in that of a journey for personal Christian purity Unfortunately no one can be pure but can do there best to become pure The code of chivalry even continued into the Renaissance with Miguel De Cervantes Don Quixote Actually Cevantes was making fun of the code of chivalry in his book According to The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces the stories written in the Middle Ages about chivalry delt with supernatural deeds of valor implausible and complicated adventures duels and enchantments The anthology went on to say that the literature of the Middle Ages had
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