The art of Medieval Courtly Love was practised in English courts from the 1300's to the 1500's.During this period of time marriages were arranged and had little to do with love.At all events, they were regarded as unfair in combat by the medieval knight.His only offensive weapons were the lance for the encounter and the sword for the close fight, weapons common to both light-armed and heavy cavalry.A number of social problems stem from this, from deadbeat dads to spousal abuse to alcohol addiction.Chivalry once provided the foundation for our male code of ethics.
It was a common occurrence for a married lady to give a token to a knight of her choice to be worn during a Medieval tournament.
The relevance has to do with the positive contributions of medieval times to our present day culture.
By studying these historic roots, we better understand the world we live in.
No knight was thought to be properly equipped without at least three horses: These attendants, who were of low condition, were not to be confounded with the armed retainers, who formed the escort of a knight. There was a sharp distinction between the pennon, a flag pointed or forked at the extremity, used by a single chevalier or bachelor as a personal ensign, and the banner, square in form, used as the ensign of a band and reserved to the baron or baronet in command of a group of at least ten knights, called a constabulary.
From the thirteenth century the squires also went armed and mounted and, passing from one grade to the other, were raised finally to knighthood. Each flag or banner was emblazoned with the arms of its owner to distinguish one from another on the battlefield.