• David Herlihy
Part of the The Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


Feudal society bequeathed to subsequent generations not only certain distinctive conceptions and institutions of government but also a social ideal concerning the proper behavior of the knight, the warrior, and the man. This was chivalry, which meant in the most literal sense the art of mastering or managing caballi, horses. It held out a high image of the perfect warrior which, if rarely achieved and often ignored, still exerted a lasting influence on the manners and morals of the West.


Good Custom Twelfth Century Religious Person Great Labor Great Honor 
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Recommended Readings

  1. Arthur B. Ferguson, The Indian Summer of English Chivalry: Studies in the Decline and Transformation of Chivalric Idealism (New York: Duke University Press, 1960).Google Scholar
  2. Sidney Painter, French Chivalry: Chivalric Ideas and Practices in Medieval France (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1964).Google Scholar
  3. Sidney Painter, Mediaeval Society (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1951).Google Scholar
  4. Edgar Prestage (ed.), Chivalry: A Series of Studies to Illustrate Its Historical Significance (New York: Knopf, 1928).Google Scholar

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