Olde England: What Does Chivalry Mean?

Chivalry comes from the French word for horse, “cheval.” Knights who rode on horseback were expected to be courageous in battle, loyal to their lord and a gentleman to the ladies. Chivalry came about after an era of brutal wars. Europeans had begun to expect more of each other and were tired of the violence. A knight had quite a few morals that he was expected to live up to and his training often began at the tender young age of twelve. A young knight’s training included the correct use of weapons, riding a horse in battle, learning manners and participating in cultural pursuits like singing and learning the latest games. Before becoming a knight, the young man would carry the shield, helmet and lances of his lord. The young man was now a squire. “Escuyer” is a French word that means shield bearer.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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