Marriage in Medieval Literature: An Analysis of the Three Traits of Loyalty, Christian Morality, and Chivalric Honor in “The Knight’s Tale” and Le Morte Darthur This study will analyze the three character traits of loyalty, godliness, and chivalric honor needed to represent marriage and the honorable man in “The Knight’s Tale” by Geoffrey Chaucer and in Le Morte Darthur (also spelled d’Arthur) by Sir Thomas Malory. The theme of loyalty is a primary bond that drives marriage in the way that Chaucer’s Palamon loves Emily throughout many tempting trials, but also in how his Christian code as a knight of God provides a moral context in which he can marry her in good standing. Also, the chivalric honor of knighthood is also bound in the...The end:
.....liness, and chivalric honor are the primary ways in which Chaucer and Malory emulate the honorable man in medieval marriage. With Palamon’s loyalty to Emily and his strong Christian values, he is invariably the best man to marry Emily. By observing honor as a vital means in which to maintain knighthood (and to be king of all knights), Arthur always honors Guinevere as his wife and as a queen in his kingdom. In essence, these three character traits define the honorable man in these two medieval texts by Malory and Chaucer. Works Cited Chaucer, Geoffrey. “The Canterbury Tales: A Knight’s Tale.” 2010. Librarious.com. http://www.librarius.com/cantales.htm (Accessed April 4, 2010). Malory, Sir Thomas. Le Morte Darthur. New York: Macmillan, 1893.