Ideals of the Middle Ages Comparison Essay by Peerless

Ideals of the Middle Ages
This paper compares St. Augustine's 'City of God' to the code of chivalry in the Middle Ages.
# 5677 | 725 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2003 in History (European) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , English (Comparison)

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This paper compares the rules and theories set forth by St. Augustine to those followed by citizens of the Middle Ages who sought to be chivalrous. It studies both codes which represent the pinnacle of Medieval society. It describes the many classes in the Middle Ages including The Feudal Class, the Religious Class and more. It includes an historical overview of the Middle Ages and the spread of Christianity at the time.

From the Paper:

"It is interesting to note that St. Augustine's City of God was written in the Fifth Century, which is generally considered to be the onset of the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages gained notoriety and expanded mainly due to the spread of Christianity. St. Augustine's Christian beliefs, coupled with the chivalric code, seemed to serve the theoretical basis for the foundation that the Middle Ages were built on.

"The order of the chivalric code and St. Augustine's rules also show the importance of religion in society. St. Augustine's code begins with the general statement, "Before all else, dear brothers, love God and then your neighbor, because these are the chief commandments given to us." This general plea not only serves as the precursor for St. Augustine's code, but would not be out of place if it was written right before the code of chivalry. There are many aspects of the chivalric code which support the general statement made by St. Augustine. They include, "thou shalt be generous, and give largess to everyone" and "thou shalt love the country in the which thou wast born." These two elements of the code of chivalry note that commoners should respect their neighbors and the country in which they live."

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