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Another important convention of medieval society was the purpose and form of the chivalric code

Another important convention of medieval society was the purpose and form of the chivalric code

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Another important convention of medieval society was the purpose and form of the chivalric code, a  code of conduct that defined not only proper forms of behavior but also appropriate interactions  among people. That the two knights — ideally bound to chivalrous conduct — fight like animals and  not men (they are compared to lions, tigers, bears, and boars) indicates how far they have fallen  from the knightly idea. When Theseus stops their duel, he rebukes the knights for their unlawful  ceremony and, true to his portrayal in this tale, reimposes the behavioral and social code by  proposing an alternative to lawless dueling: a formal tournament in one year with each knight  supported by one hundred knights. Additionally, the passage further illustrates the role of men and women in medieval culture. Women  are expected to appeal to, rely on, and acquiesce to men's strength, wisdom, and compassion. Men 
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