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Chretein de Troyes Arthurian Romances From the Classical age through the medieval age women were greatly disrespected They did not have any say in anything and were not appreciated In Classical texts such as The Odyssey the women were treated as if they were animals They did not have the respect of others and some were thought of as whores In the stories of Erec and Enide Lancelot and Perceval we see a dramatic change in this due to the system of government that Arthur entails giving them the freedom and rights they deserved The new man to woman relationship brought about in these stories is very different then the past stories we have read from the classical age This system gave great honor and respect to women which became part of the chivalric code that was followed by the knights and royalty of that timeThe courtly relationship between man and woman is the theme created throughout the stories in the Arthurian Romances The ideas of courtly love and chivalry are summarized in these stories We see many instances where knights go out of their way to please their woman Once a knight chooses his woman she thought of as his chattel or property He can do what he pleases with her and she must listen to him or possibly be killed He respects and loves her as long as she is loyal and faithful to him If someone were to interfere in his or her relationship they would fight til death or until someone begs for mercy The knights fought for the most beautiful and did what they pleased with them They fought for them if necessary to keep respect for themselves and for their maiden This is what the chivalric ideology was based on and so the knights followed and respected itIn the story of Erec and Enide we see how some women affect the lifestyle and choices that the knights make
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