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Examining Courtly Love: Rule Number 7: Being obedient in all things to the command of ladies, thou shalt ever strive ally thyself to the service of love

In my opinion obeying this rule could get a knight into trouble. In many situations obeying a woman’s commands could not be the best course of action. For example, if a married woman asked for a knight to be her partner in adultery it could cause shame on the knight and an cause him to have an untrustworthy reputation. In Sir Gawain and The Green Knight he could have ultimately been killed by the Green Knight had he obeyed, and fell victim to the hosts wife’s attempts to seduce him.

Examining The Code Of Chivalry: Rule number 8: Thou shalt never lie, and shall remain faithful to thy pledged word.

I think it may be useful for a knight to diverge from his word in certain instances. If lying means the knight has saved his people or completed his assigned goal or task then it may not be seen as shameful. On the other hand this rule is very important to a knights’ prestige, if he is able to always stay true to his word he will be prestigious and heavily admired. In Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, Sir Gawain breaks this code and his lie is shameful, he makes a deal with the host at the castle that they will exchange their winnings when Gawain receives the magic girdle he does not exchange his winnings breaking his pledged word.

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  1. Posted January 7, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    I think that its really interesting how you talked about a knight diverging from what he pledged. That is something that has not really been talked about. When is it (or is it at all) ethical to do this? I think you pose some good points and make everyone second think if doing whats best is trumped by the code. Almost could be related to amendments we make in the constitution.

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  2. Posted January 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Very good post! I think this is an interesting rule because sometimes women can get man in trouble and those following these rules call themselves Christians. But in Christianity it is Eve giving Adam the fruit that causes them to fall from the Garden of Eden, so why would Christian’s create a rule such as this in the first place? I also this rule is interesting because it directly contradicts so many rules from the Code of Chivalry. And I can see your point that sometimes small lies create circumstances of greater good, but doesn’t a lie also discredit a knight or a hero?

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  3. Posted January 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    You make a great point about the Courtly Love Rule 7. Very similar to what the host’s wife did the Gawain, some of the rules could cause an ethical dilemma, and Rule 7 is one of those rules.

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