Klingon Honor

Honor. This is a subject that's near and dear to my heart.  As someone who walks the path of chivalry as a means to constantly improve myself, I am very aware of the role of honor and its perceptions in various eras and cultures.  It's practiced at every step in all things, an acknowledgment of being … Continue reading Klingon Honor

The Book of Chivalry of Geoffroi de Charny: Text, Context, and Translation by Richard W. Kaeuper and Elspeth Kennedy

This is one I revisit from time to time because it sets a standard for me. The Company of the Star was a short-lived order of knights created in 1352 by Jean (or John) II of France, meant to rival the English Order of the Garter.  Geoffroi de Charney was one of the top knights … Continue reading The Book of Chivalry of Geoffroi de Charny: Text, Context, and Translation by Richard W. Kaeuper and Elspeth Kennedy

The Book of the Order of Chivalry by Ramon Llull, Translated by Noel Fallows

Believed to have been written between 1274 and 1276, this book is one of the earliest writings of Ramon Llull and represents a manifesto that evolved from his own experiences.  Llull was, in his youth, a carefree knight, seneschal, and courtier in the Spanish court of James I the Conqueror, King of Aragon.  According to … Continue reading The Book of the Order of Chivalry by Ramon Llull, Translated by Noel Fallows

The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man’s Guide to Chivalry by Brad Miner

In stark contrast to The Knight's Code by Robert Noland (which I also reviewed), this book is exactly what I hoped it would be. Without any religious agenda, the author extrapolates the finer points behind the concept of chivalry, traces how it evolved through the ages, and gives the reader a means by which to … Continue reading The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man’s Guide to Chivalry by Brad Miner