Knight’s Code of Honor

knight in armor

In our recent men’s retreat there was much talk of honor, gallantry, and living as noble, courageous men of God. It got me thinking of the literal knights’ code of honor from the Middle Ages. This code continues to stir my own soul so I wanted to pass it on to all of you. Enjoy!

  • To never do outrage or murder
  • Always to flee treason
  • To by no means be cruel but to give mercy unto him who asks for mercy
  • To always do ladies, gentlewomen, and widows succor
  • To never force ladies, gentlewomen, or widows
  • Not to take up battles in wrongful quarrels or for love of worldly goods
  • To never lay down arms
  • To seek after wonders
  • When called upon, to defend the rights of the weak with all of one’s strength
  • To injure no one
  • Not to attack on another
  • To fight for the safety of one’s country
  • To give one’s life for one’s country
  • To seek nothing before honor
  • Never to lose faith for any reason
  • To practice religion most diligently
  • To grant hospitality to anyone, each according to his ability

One thought on “Knight’s Code of Honor

  1. Much like the cowboy code of conduct Chris. Thank you for the share.

    1. Live each day with honesty and courage.
    2. Take pride in your work. Always do your best.
    3. Stay curious. Study hard and learn all you can.
    4. Do what has to be done and finish what you start.
    5. Be tough, but fair.
    6. When you make a promise, keep it.
    7. Be clean in thought, word, deed, and dress.
    8. Practice tolerance and understanding of others.
    9. Be willing to stand up for what’s right.
    10. Be an excellent steward of the land and its animals.

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