The Steward's Code of Chivalry

I. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

II. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

III. Thou shalt defend the Church, respect its teachings, and promote her cause.

IV. Thou shalt love the country in which thou wast born and perform scrupulously thy civic duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of God.

V. Thou shalt live a life of temperance and humility, staying true of heart and exhibiting manners and self control at all times.

VI. Thou shalt be generous, striving always to give largess.

VII. Thou shalt speak truthfully and never bear false witness.

VIII. Thou shalt constitute thyself the defender of the weak, the innocent, and the oppressed, giving mercy unto him that asketh mercy, and succor to women, children, and others in distress.

IX. Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.

X. Thou shalt never abandon a friend, ally, or noble cause.

XI. Thou shalt seek to excel in all endeavors expected of a knight, martial, artistic, and otherwise.

XII. Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against Injustice and Evil.

Adapted from the Bible, "the code of chivalry" (as compiled by French scholar Leon Gautier, from his studies of medieval manuscripts), the Oath of the Round table, (Le Morte d'Arthur, Sir Thomas Malory, 1470), The Exhortation of Charlemagne, Charlemagne's list of a knight's duties, the Song of Roland, and other sources.

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