The relevance has to do with the positive contributions of medieval times to our present day culture.By studying these historic roots, we better understand the world we live in.We can start to repair cultural deficits long neglected. Medieval literature is responsible for fostering our concept of being a gentleman.In our everyday interactions we see how the idea of gentlemanly behavior has deteriorated. A lot of men cling to incomplete or even negative images of what it means to be a man. What is very much alive is our own perception that we’re being treated right, when realistically we’re being treated so far from it.First off, it’s important to know that the very definition of chivalry seems to have changed from past generations.originally means "a man of aristocratic standing, and probably of noble ancestry, who is capable, if called upon, of equipping himself with a war horse and the arms of heavy cavalryman and who has been through certain rituals that make him what he is".The meaning of the term evolved over time because the word chevalier was used differently in the Middle Ages, from the original concrete military meaning "status or fee associated with military follower owning a war horse" or "a group of mounted knights" to the ideal of the Christian warrior ethos propagated in the Romance genre, which was becoming popular during the 12th century, and the ideal of courtly love propagated in the contemporary Minnesang and related genres.
Chivalry once provided the foundation for our male code of ethics.The code of chivalry that developed in medieval Europe had its roots in earlier centuries.It arose in the Holy Roman Empire from the idealisation of the cavalryman—involving military bravery, individual training, and service to others—especially in Francia, among horse soldiers in Charlemagne's cavalry.They submit to knightly virtues, honor, courtly love, courtesy and less martial aspects of the tradition.Knights were required to tell the truth at all times and always respect the honor of women.” Was anyone else blown away that we use the word chivalry like it has any relation to the above?For example, I shouldn’t feel shocked when I receive a text saying how great of a date we had (if it actually was great).This is such a small and easy gesture- literally takes 30 seconds to do!In the 1700s, it was embraced by our visionary forefathers on this side of the Atlantic, who envisioned proper social interaction as an integral part of what America was all about.The freedom they fought for was not an empty concept.“Also, a lot of men here will get up and walk you to the bathroom and wait for you so you don’t have to walk through the bar/restaurant/hotel alone.” While I prefer not to have anyone waiting outside the bathroom for me, I do have some rules for Western men.None of these things are terribly hard – not nearly as hard as being a medieval knight.