The Middle Ages of Europe were governed by a system which is referred to
as feudalist. The people of this system flow together well; society in these
times require noble people to set the example for the younger. The ranks of the
noble include counts, lords, knights, kings,queens,etc. These noblemen can be
compared to as dueling politicians; they watch over their communities, keeping
everything orderly, and they fend off any attackers trying to besiege land. The
peace keeper of the society is the knight. The knight has been appointed the
position of knight by a king because his traits and characteristic best fit the
standards of a good warrior and protector of the civilization. A knight is
truthful, honest, capable, educated, physically fit, noble, sincere, and
subservient to the king.
In “Arthurian Romances” the knight has a duty to protect his country.
When he approaches a situation he does not attack the other party until he has
warned them. His place in the feudalist system involves other workers (vassals)
to do his bidding. They suit him up in his armor and ready his horse and
weapons. The knight in the first story is named Erec, son of the King Lac. He
marries a girl named Enide, who is at his side throughout the story. Together
they adventure through the countryside and Erec fights his battles as they go on.
The knight will give up on nothing ever, it is his duty to serve his King and
God to the best of his ability. “Sire, I have no wound from which I am
suffering so much that I want to interrupt my journey. No one could detain me;
tomorrow- I shall tarry no more- I want to leave in the morning, when I see the
day is dawning.” (1) He is extremely fair when dealing with other knights, that
is he doesn't take cheap shots or kill the other off; he is polite and courteous.
To his wife he has total respect and love to give, but he isn't hesitant when
telling her to stay put. The story puts the knight in a high class because he
is extremely helpful to the community.
(1) Chretien De Troyes, Arthurian Romances, Trans. William W. Kibler
(New York: Penguin Books, 1991) p. 89
The knight prays...