For discussion of the warrior code of Medieval and Renaissance Europe, its sources and how it applies to the modern person.
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Well met Caballeros!
Modern chivalry is useful. Consider though that true chivalry is foreign to us. Medieval chivalry as described in Maurice Keen's Chivalry (Oxford Press) is rooted in Arthurian legend. Opening a door might impress a woman of the 12th century, yet what interested her more was subtle promiscuity. Noble women were kept under lock and key (which is where we get the term from) by the tyrannical husband. The husband was rarely home, leaving the hormonal wife perpetually frustrated. It was considered good sport for a man to sneak into an opposing lord's castle and bed his wife. If the wife was found out, she was killed while the man might receive a brief scolding from a priest followed by palms slapping his back from his peers. Nobility was purchased; heraldries were created. Rituals were performed by the powerful and oaths were sworn. More than often the oaths were forgotten. Now on a more positive note the kinship bonds between knights or knights and their lords were taken very seriously. While Keen's work is exhaustive and slow at times it is an illuminating work that sheds light on the illusion of idealised and romantic chivarly.
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I don't know about your predicament other than maybe to say 'Ms.'?
I've lived in the South for four years, and while I'm youngish, it's taken a while to get used to it. :)
I've recently become engaged and want to be a modern man committed to chivalry; it's a great way to show respect. However I have a conundrum! I have a tendency to call all adult women ma'am out of politeness(and men, sir, by the same card) and although I've never offended a man, I have offended some women. I still can't bring myself to break the habit. Advice?
Hey hey everyone, I joined this group, because I am a practitioner of opening the door for women, for saying "Excuse me", "Thank you", "Please", and the like, for speaking in a manly manner and not toss slanderous slang at everyone that walks by me. I'd be honored if you guys accepted me into your midst.
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