Therefore, this is Saul's major contribution to the historical discussion of chivalry and what makes his book well worth the read. Saul hits home the fact that, beyond all else, when discussing chivalry one must never forget the reality that medieval knights fought with a tacit understanding that pragmatism could overrule ceremony wherever necessary. If saving an enemy knight from slaughter was deemed financially or politically favorable, the knight could survive, but certainly not for altruistic reasons; the reward was either land, gold, or war booty. It is this reality that historians often overlook, and so it is this discussion that makes Saul valuable. While it should be remembered that he casts his investigative glance solely upon England (as chivalry often expressed itself in slightly different ways on the Continent), he is able to separate distorting impressions from the reality of practice, as well as summarize chivalry's social, cultural, and religious characteristics, in an effective and easily accessible style. These factors combined, Chivalry in Medieval England is undoubtedly a must-read for anyone trying to understand what chivalry is and what it really meant to those who practiced it.
The Agatha Knights are one of two major factions. The Knights are the soldiers who are still loyal to , 's nephew. They fight Malric and the Mason Order, hoping to keep peace and stability within Agatha, even by being away from home to protect the peace against a supposed distant threat like Tenosia. The Agatha Knights are also known as "loyalists", and are made up of mostly royalty and nobility, people who once owned most of the lands and peasants before civil war, and who are distraught by the war at home's effect on trade and matters of economy. Late in the war, however, King Danum used the growing might of the army to persuade many peasants and barbarians to take up arms against the Masons. The Agatha Knights believe in the concepts of nobility and being just in one's actions, though greed and corruption exists within those with power. On the battlefield, to people who put their own lives over all suffering, it might seem, that Agatha Knights bring the notion of honor and chivalry to the extent of losing logic and reason. Many men who agree with their ideals and have been driven away by the Mason's ferocity against peasants have joined Agathian levies along with the knights and nobility.
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As Saul notes in his introduction, his primary aim is to discuss this English aristocracy of the Middle Ages who put chivalry center-stage. In his 18 chapters (plus a rather brief introduction and conclusion) his discussion ranges broadly across chivalric practice and experience to illuminate the relationship between chivalry and the main political, military, social, and artistic currents of the day. Intertwined with these topical discussions is a loose chronological narrative of its aforementioned origins through its practice and eventual decline in medieval England from the 11th to 16th centuries. Through the very creative and effective use of historical accounts, government records, paintings, and epic poems, Saul does an excellent job of covering each topic he chooses to discuss.
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In Volume 1, he formed the Knights of Chivalry and similar to the Occult Research Club, it's just a front for Lancelot and the other members to get out of class whenever they needed to. The members of this club also take up missions from the , Vatican, and Heaven; to take down Stray Devils, Demons, Monsters and eventually the members of the Khaos Brigade. As an official club, the members sometimes takes up personal requests from the students of Kuoh Academy along with some supernatural requests from those who already know their true identities and are capable of seeing the invisible writing that is on the back of the request.
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The late medieval chivalric orders understood themselves as reflecting an ongoing military effort against , even though such an effort, with the and the in the 1450s, was without realistic hope of success.
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In Chivalry in Medieval England, Nigel Saul aspires to these aims as he discusses one of the most distorted topics in medieval history: the code of chivalry. Although not without its minor faults, Saul delivers on his promise to separate the common impression of chivalry as a fantastical code of conduct for brave and heroic knights from the reality that it was an aristocratic lifestyle with frequent internal contradictions which were often openly acknowledged and accepted by the contemporaries who practiced it.