MEA 2 - The Origin of Honor as it Relates to Women, and how...

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The Origin of Honor as it Relates to Women, and how that has changed Over Time and Through Different Cultures One of the first examples in the world of honor and its direct relationship to women can be seen in Medieval Europe. Between the 11 th and 15 th century, Knights were known for following what we now call chivalry. The word chivalry itself comes from the French word chevalier , which indicates ‘one that rides a horse.’ (Wikipedia.org) The term chivalry became a code of honor that these Knights lived by; it consisted of a moral, religious, and social code for Knights. For our purposes, we will focus on the moral and social components of chivalry. The code of conduct chivalry implanted in Knights involved a certain gentleness and graciousness to all women to honor them. One of the more notable ‘chivalrous’ activities Knights engaged in was correctly walking with a woman. When walking through a town, a Knight would walk on the side closest to the street to shield the Lady from mud kicked up by passing horses and wagons. He also did this for another reason. In Medieval times, since there were no sewer systems, house owners generally through their waste from their windows into the streets. By walking close to the wall, the Ladies were protected from the sewage being thrown into the street next to the Knight. Knights followed this code of chivalry to give honor to women. By treating them
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This essay was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ENG 104 taught by Professor Carter during the Spring '08 term at Kentucky.

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