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French Chivalry

Chivalric Ideas and Practices in Mediaeval France

Sidney Painter

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Originally published in 1940. Chivalry denotes the ideals and practices considered suitable for a noble. The word itself is reminiscent of the aristocratic society of medieval France dominated by mounted warriors. As early as the eleventh century, several different views of chivalric standards and behavior had appeared. During the next four hundred years, these conceptions of the ideal nobleman were developed by and for the feudal ruling class. French Chivalry studies chivalry from the perspectives of both social history and the history of ideas. The first chapter provides readers unfamiliar…

Originally published in 1940. Chivalry denotes the ideals and practices considered suitable for a noble. The word itself is reminiscent of the aristocratic society of medieval France dominated by mounted warriors. As early as the eleventh century, several different views of chivalric standards and behavior had appeared. During the next four hundred years, these conceptions of the ideal nobleman were developed by and for the feudal ruling class. French Chivalry studies chivalry from the perspectives of both social history and the history of ideas. The first chapter provides readers unfamiliar with medieval history the background required for understanding the chapters on chivalry.

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192
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9781421433165
Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Nobles of France
Chapter 2. Feudal Chivalry
Chapter 3. Religious Chivalry
Chapter 4. Courtly Love
Chapter 5. Criticisms and Compromises
Index

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Sidney Painter

Sidney Painter was a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. Specializing in medievalism, he served as a chairman of the Department of History. He is the author of Studies in the History of the English Feudal Barony, Scourge of the Clergy, and William Marshal: Knight-Errant, Baron, and Regent of England.