10 Interesting Facts About Chivalry


Chivalric ethics originated chiefly in France and Spain. They represented a fusion of Christian and military concepts of morality and still form the basis of gentlemanly conduct. Let's find our more about chivalry in today society.

A 2013 MSN survey found that while nearly two-thirds of women 35 and younger say they offer to pay for dates, 39% hope the guy will turn down the offer and 44% get annoyed if he lets her pay

One study found that while most men believe they are “supposed” to pay for dates, nearly half of men say they’d dump a woman who never offered to help pay.

One sociologist reports that, overall, 16% of men believe a woman owes him sexual favors in return for paying for dates.

A 2013 survey found that women were actually more chivalrous than men.Women were more likely to give up their seats to the elderly or expecting mothers. They are also more likely to say hello to a complete stranger and more likely to hold the door open for someone.

The LGBT community doesn’t have a traditional “code of chivalry” to fall back on. Steven Petrow, a LGBT advice columnist, suggests this rule: “You invite, you pay.”

According to chivalric tradition, a man should walk on the right side of a lady. The custom dates from the Middle Ages when knights wore their sword on the left side, keeping the right side free.

Chivalry toward women derived from the admiration of the Virgin Mary.

The “damsel in distress” is a central archetypical character in the history of chivalry, particularly during the Middle Ages.

The tradition of carrying the bride across the threshold began in Medieval Europe. To protect the bride from evil spirits, the chivalric groom carried the bride into their new home.

Modern scholars note that chivalry during the Middle Ages was not an attempt to end violence but to channel it. By doing so, chivalry actually legitimized violence.