Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Code of Chivalry

Back in the early 11th century a code of chivalry was documented in "The Song of Roland".  This code describes the 8th century Knights and battles of the Emperor Charlemagne and has been described as Charlemagne's Code of Chivalry.  Some of the duties were:

To serve the liege lord in valour and faith
To protect the weak and defenceless
To refrain from the wanton giving of offence
To live by honour and for glory
To despise pecuniary reward
To fight for the welfare of all
To obey those placed in authority
To guard the honour of fellow knights
To eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit
At all times to speak the truth
To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun
Never to refuse a challenge from an equal
Never to turn the back upon a foe.

These simple guidelines express what I feel should be observed in Avalon and our constitution reflects these values.

The Lords and Knights have always maintained the belief that the citizens should be adult enough to resolve differences in a chivalrous and courteous manner and I think we are right in that.  We know tensions can get high, but we also expect common courtesy and decency among our citizens.  Please take a moment to reflect upon these simple but powerful values and remember that as a citizen of Avalon, each of us promised to uphold them.  We do give a lot of leeway and tend not to get involved in personal conflicts, but we will take a sterner approach if need be.

Our community is the best I have ever been a part of in SL and I think most of you would agree. Every one of us has a responsibilty to be the best we can be to ourselves and to each other.

~ Angel