The Role of the Code of Chivalry During the Medieval Era

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The role of the Code of Chivalry during the Medieval Era, or comely called the Middle Ages, debatably started from the collapse of the Western half of the Roman Empire in 476 CE, up until the late 1400’s (Lawson). Chivalry as viewed by the medieval knights was the ultimate code of conduct, and their way of life (Price); over time we have lost these ideas, though the ideas of chivalry itself today are completely unrealistic. No one can determine the exact start or end of the Medieval Era, historians would dispute that it lasted exactly a millennium, from 500 to 1500 CE (Lawson). Through the fifth Century Rome were attacked by German invaders; along with other contributing factors which lead to the fall of The Roman Empire (Bowersock). Because the Renaissance began at different times throughout Europe, naturally it ended at different times, some say the invention of the printing press marked the end of the Renaissance in 1450, with the first invention of moveable type by Johann Guttenberg, it brought us out of the “Dark Ages” and paved the way for modern times (Lawson). With books being easer to manufacture, and cheaper to buy, more and more people could now afford to learn and better themselves. For Europe, the Conquest of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453 is used as an end date (Crowley). Scholars today dispute when the medieval era started, whether the 3rd, 4th or even 5th century, although it is usually assimilated with the collapse of the Roman Empire. Among other dispute that the rise of the Renaissance period begun in 1453 when the Turkish forces captured Constantinople (Nelson). The Knights Code of Chivalry was an unfair and impossible list of ideas, a knight was expected to be perfect, in every way, at all-times. They were required to protect the church, serve their lord, protect the weak, support widows and orphans, fight for everyone, obey authority,

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