Mark of Whitstable
At its zenith in the high Middle Ages, chivalry embodied the concept of the ideal life of a knight. However, this was an ideal rarely met, and the chivalric code promoting valour, courtesy, generosity and defence of the weak, was often sadly neglected. St. Francis consciously set out to redeem chivalry, or at least, to transform its significance, using its language in a new and revolutionary way for the Gospel life he had chosen.
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