Social Dominance of Knights

Richard W. Kaeuper

in Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244584
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191697388 | DOI:
Social Dominance of Knights

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This chapter argues that the fundamental bond of prowess and honour is strengthened by an assertion of high status. The commendation given to chivalry can be understood without recognizing its bonds with these crucially important social issues. Assertion of a right to social dominance gives another important component to the fusion that made chivalry and gave it such power in medieval society. Over time, knights rose in status and even the nobility decided to wear the chivalric mantle.

Keywords: social dominance; knights; prowess; honour; social status; chivalry; medieval society; war

Chapter.  9749 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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