The Eight Virtues

There are eight virtues recognised by the Round Table.

  • Militia (Courage, bravery; military spirit; difficult work) - The 'military spirit' of knighthood. The chain of command within the knighthood was absolute, and the protection of the people was the first and foremost responsibility. Knights were expected to act with courage and in a way befitting their station on the battlefield.
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  • Exercitium (Proficiency, skill; training; practise) - Training and the honing of skills was a lifelong endeavour for a knight. So long as a knight remained in the service of the king, he was expected to perform daily drills and maintain a fitness of form.
  • Fortitudo (Strength, courage, valor) - Knights of every rank were expected to act with courage in the face of adversity and perseverance in the face of difficulty. This was also extended to mean keeping a cool and level head in a knight's dealings.
  • Fides (Faith, loyalty; honesty; trust) - Loyalty to and trust in not only king and country, but in fellow knights. Every knight regardless of rank was expected to be honest in his dealings and act with trustworthiness.
  • Generositas (Generosity; charity) - Giving of alms and charity was a requirement for knighthood. As it was in Brehon Law, a knight must never refuse to offer hospitality and charity to anyone in need. Likewise, he must never demand anything of anyone he himself could not give.
  • Pietas (Piety; loyalty; responsibility, sense of duty) - Faith and devotion to the God in Three Persons, devotion to Biblical values such as charity and responsibility for one's actions. Knights were expected to devote themselves to their duties in service to the people and the king, acting with piety and humility.
  • Humanitas (Kindness, courtesy) - Every knight was expected to act with kindness and courtesy to every person regardless of status. Mercy and clemency were to be offered even to enemies who invoked this virtue on behalf of a knight.
  • Ingenuitas (Nobility of character, candor, modesty) - Nobility and virtue of character was a requirement for knighthood, and any who were knighted were expected to act with modesty and humility before all. Knighthood was a service, not a privilege, and to be a knight meant to serve the people — regardless of class — and the king.
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