the Virtues

The Chivalric Virtues represent foundational guides for Chivalric behavior.  

Classical sources often list 7 to 9 virtues, but we believe in the need for more specificity, thus 32 are listed.  This is not an exhaustive list as there are many virtues in the world worth achieving.  For ease of organization, the Virtues are displayed below with the 8 "Arch" Virtues, and under each of those are three additional Virtues.  Click on them for formal definitions and more information.


Definition: ‘mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.’


Definition: “the fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim.”


Definition: “the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger.”


Definition: ‘something that is believed, especially with strong conviction.  firm belief in something for which there is no proof’


Definition: ‘the body of real things, events, and facts’


Definition: ‘a. fairness and straightforwardness of conduct. b. adherence to the facts.’


Definition: ‘the quality or state or an instance of being loyal – unswerving in allegiance.’


Definition: ‘adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character’


Definition: ‘the quality or state of being strong.  having or marked by great physical power.  having moral or intellectual power.  not mild or weak.’


Definition: ‘Training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.’  the quality of being able to behave and work in a controlled way which involves obeying particular rules or standards.


Definition: “the ability, coming from one’s knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well.”


Definition: ‘mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously’


Definition: ‘the quality or state of being noble in character, quality or rank.’ 'the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct'


Definition: ‘honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions.  A code of integrity, dignity, and pride that was maintained in some societies, as in feudal Europe, by force of arms.  Good name or public esteem– one whose worth brings respect or fame.’


Definition: “the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.”


Definition: ‘contribution to the welfare of others.’


Definition: ‘Moderation in action, thought, or feeling. Moderation in the indulgence of appetites or passions.’ ‘Self-balance, self-control’


Definition: ‘the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action’


Definition: ‘compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power’


Definition: 'the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.'  'an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay'


Definition: “sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.”


Definition: marked by respect for and consideration of others.’


Definition: ‘to give freely of one’s self, one’s time, or one’s possessions to aid others.’


Definition: 'freedom from false pride or arrogance: the quality or state of being humble.  A humble person is not proud and does not believe that they are better than other people'.


Definition: “liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another”


Definition:  ‘the action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties’


Definition: ‘means or method of defending or protecting oneself, one’s team, or another.’


Definition: “to surrender or give up, or permit injury or disadvantage to, for the sake of something else.”


Definition: 'to bring light. providing or tending to provide knowledge, understanding, or insight.  freed from ignorance or misinformation.  the state of understanding.'


Definition: ‘someone's ability to notice and understand things that are not obvious to other people the ability.  the act or faculty of perceiving, or apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.’


Definition: “facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.”


Definition: “the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.”