- Taschenbuch: 136 Seiten
- Verlag: Chivalry Bookshelf; Auflage: New Ed (1. September 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1891448420
- ISBN-13: 978-1891448423
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,3 x 21 cm
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Ramon Lull's Book of Knighthood & Chivalry: & the Anonymous Ordene de Chevalerie: And the Anonymous Ordene De Chevalerie (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 2003
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What did it mean to be a medieval knight? Medieval knighthood and chivalry still hold a fascination for modern readers more than 500 years after the knight's office was overtaken by the military officer and civil servant. Writing in the latter part of the 13th century, Ramon Lull penned what has become on of the most influential books on what it meant to be a knight. Originally written in Catalan, it was first translated into English in 1484 by William Caxton and printed as one of the first books in England.Since the 15th century text has proven difficult for many students, this modernised edition by Brian R. Price strives to preserve as much of Caxton's language as possible while upgrading the text as necessary to make this important work accessible to modern readers. As a bonus, the editors have included the anonymous "Ordene de Chevalerie" translated into English by William Morris. Together, these works comprise two the three most important works on chivalry to survive from the Middle Ages.
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Ramon Lull, a late 13th century knight, wrote a huge corpus of work, mostly controversial religious tracts following his conversion at age 21. This book represents his last secular work, intended to teach young squires how to be knights.
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One of his most important books, is this one, a moral guide-line for the ideals of Chivalry. This is a treatise on the highest idealized standards of behavior for the Christian warrior. Within, Ramon Lull described the virtues a knight should aspire to, and the vices he should avoid. He describes the test a candidate for knighthood should undergo, the duties a knight owes to his liege and those he would protect, the ceremony of knighting, and the symbolism of a knight's weapons, armor,and equipment.
There was no precisely defined and unified Code of Chivalry, but it was a general concept of right versus wrong, and what we know of it comes from other such books and Medieval lore passed down through the ages. Some Orders of knighthood did establish their own particular versions of the code, but they all largely emphasized the same noble virtues.
Not all knights lived up to this ideology, some, in fact ignored it completely. However, there were some knights who did indeed live up to this code as closely as a mortal man can.
In our increasingly cynical secularist age, with its concept of "moral relativism", the Code of Chivalry is needed now, more than ever.
The text is, perhaps, fine for someone just getting familiarized with the material, but really isn't suitable for use in academic writing, and should, in my opinion, be avoided. The Caxton translation is pretty widely available online and for free.