To riden out, he loved chivalrie,
Trouthe and honóur, fredom and curteisie.
To ride out, he loved chivalry
Truth and honor, freedom and courtesy.
The Knight embodies all the characteristics a true Knight should have, even from the first moment he rides out. Loving chivalry, truth, honor, freedom, and courtesy, the knight displays all five of the traditional courtly ideals that are expected of a man of his worth. He is a man who loves Chivalry, meaning he loves to be a man at arms. Overall he is flawless as a Knight, ticks every box, a Knight among Knights.
These ideals are necessary for a knight of his character, warring in the crusades in order to bring the religion of Christianity to the land of the “heathens” and is honored even more for his service. He fights in fifteen battles to the death and it is noted that he fights for faith, showing himself as a very Chivalrous and honorable man if he is willing to die for his faith in Christianity.
I’m sure the men he’s killed didn’t think he was so courteous though.
“Chivalrie,” “curteisie,” and “fredom” all exhibit long “e” sounds which are pronounced as “a.” By doing this Chaucer forces the mouth to open wide, as if we are in awe at the knight and his character.
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