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Chivalry
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.79

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     challenging words:    chivalrous, chivalry, courtly, feudalism, wrongdoing, feudal, happening, romance, medieval, fictional, honesty, avenge, code, lifestyle, lord, loyalty
     content words:    Middle Ages, Middle East, Round Table, King Arthur


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Chivalry
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Knights lived by a code of honor called chivalry. The rules of chivalry dictated how a knight should live, and they spelled out the character traits of a good knight. Since knights were warriors, there were rules for war, but there were also rules of chivalry for many other occasions. There were even rules for romance!
 
2     Chivalry developed gradually throughout the Middle Ages. It grew out of several things that were happening in those years -- feudalism, the Crusades, and even the songs and stories of troubadours.
 
3     Under the feudal system, knights served their lords. That is why loyalty became one of the most important qualities of the medieval knight.

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