The Code of Chivalry was the honour code of the knight. Each of King Arthur’s Knights swore the Oath of Chivalry which included lofty ideals such as: protecting the weak and defenseless, obeying those placed in authority, and always speaking the truth, bravery, courtesy, honour and great gallantry toward women.
A knight was expected to have not only the strength and skills to face combat in the violent era of the Middle Ages but was also expected to temper this aggressive side with a chivalrous side to his nature.
- To never lay down arms
- To seek after wonders
- Not to attack one another
- To injure no one
- To fight for the safety of one’s country
- When called upon, to defend the rights of the weak with all one’s strength
- To give one’s life for one’s country
- To seek nothing before honour
- Never to break faith for any reason
- To practice religion most diligently
- To grant hospitality to anyone, each according to his ability
- Whether in honour or disgrace, to make a report with the greatest fidelity to truth to those who keep the annals
The large round wooden table in the Great Hall at Winchester (Camelot), reputed to be King Arthur’s Round Table, is made of 121 separate pieces of oak and measures 18 feet across, is nearly 3 inches thick and weighs nearly 1.25 tons.
Scientific studies have also revealed that a painting of a King was added to the round table around 1522. The King depicted bears a striking resemblance to the Tudor King Henry VII! The Tudors claimed lineage to King Arthur as justification for their reign and their claims to both the Welsh and English thrones!
As described in the Code of Chivalry (De Casibus Virorum Illustrium)