The opening Words of the 15th Century German Master, Peter Falkner’s “The Art of Chivalrous War”

Young Knight, learn to love God and Women Honor them and speak well of Leaders With Manhood as one should, thus raise your honor. Practice Knighthood and learn Art that decorates you In war joining them in honor.

I am the Bear- from “The Art of Swordsmanship” by Italian master Philoppo Di Vadi Pisano- 15th Century

  The Elements of the Knightly Warrior. I am the bear- turning here, there, up and around… I am the ram- always vigilant, always ready to butt… My right is a serpent- bold and deadly… My left is a greyhound- thrusting quickly My right foot is the sun- making great turns, and returning to its …

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From the Talhoffer Fechtbuch (or Master Hans Talhoffer’s Fight book) of the 15th Century

Thereupon speaks Hans Talhoffer: The good man must speak up for the truth – even when falsehood is commonplace. There are seven causes wherefore a man has a duty to fight: The first is Murder The second is treason The third is heresy The fourth is becoming an encourager of disloyalty to one’s lord. The …

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From The Fellowship of Liechtenauer- by Master Paulus Kal of Germany- 15th Century

God, thou Eternal Word, help the body here, the soul there. I have eyes like a hawk, so you do not deceive me. I have a heart like a lion, so I strive forward. I have feet like a deer, so I can spring to and fro… Praise be Mary and her child and all …

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The Four Beasts of “The Seven Swords” of Master Fiore- 14th Century

Behold! we are four distinguished animals with these traits Who, for instance, strongly reminds that he is able in arms; He wants to be clear and even shining brightly with honesty. This Master with these swords signifies the seven blows of the sword. And the four animals signify four virtues, that is prudence, celerity, fortitude, …

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Preface to “The Flower of Battles” by Master Fiore in 14th Century Italy

Fiore Friulano de’i Liberi of Cividale de Austria in the diocese of Aquileia, son of Sir Benedetto, wishes health in the name of the Lord and a prosperous realization of their desires to all who want to learn the play of arms on foot or on horse… Accordingly, we begin to explain our purpose with …

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Master Johannes Liechtenauer’s Prologue to His Zettel (or poem) entitled “The Chivalric Art of Fencing” from the early 15th Century

Germany- 15th Century This is a general introduction for the unarmored fencing on foot, so remember this correctly. Young knight learn, to love god and women, so your honour may grow. Practice chivalry and learn arts that adorn you as well as serving you in conflict. Wrestle well, bear glaive, spear, sword and knife manfully …

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The Warrior Poet- Dán Díreach Poetry

When, at long last, I decided to stop reading and meditating on the Chivalric Code and to begin the work of the creative process, I felt so passionately about it that I decided to find a complex poetry form from Europe, and from the time period in history when Chivalry was being codified, to lend …

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The Trichotomy of Chivalry

let us take a moment here to first look at the triquetra that is the Creator. Then we will explore the Triskelion that is Man. Finally we will recognize the trichotomy of Chivalry. The Triquetra of the Creator In the monotheistic, Abrahamic religious traditions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, there is only one God. While …

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Chivalry Codified: A Survey of the Sources

When many think of a warrior code, the “Bushido”- or the Japanese “Way of the Warrior”- is the first thing to come to mind. The bushido is the Code of virtues that the ancient Samaria warrior was to keep. While the virtues of the Bushido were exemplified in the ancient legends of the Samaria, they …

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