Entertainment / Literature / Chivalry: An idealized code of military and social behavior for the aristocracy in the late medieval period. The word 'chivalry' comes from Old French cheval (horse), and chivalry literally means 'horsemanship.' Normally, only rich nobility could afford the expensive armor, weaponry, and warhorses necessary for mounted combat, so the act of becoming a knight was symbolically indicated by giving the knight silver spurs. The right to knighthood in the late medieval period was inherited through the father, but it could also be granted by the king or a lord as a reward for services.

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Chivalry Noun Synonyms: knight-errantry, honor, bravery, courage, courtesy, politeness, courtliness, gallantry, nobility, virtuousness, righteousness, justness, fairness, impartiality, equitableness


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