Dialogue of Chivalrie

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The Dialogue of Chivalry of Duke Finnvarr de Taahe is an SCA document penned by Etienne de l'Isle in A.S. XXXI. It records (and slightly fictionalizes) a conversation between many notable SCAdians, including Duke Sir Finnvarr de Taahe, on the subject of chivalry held at the Twelfth Night celebrations in Ravenhill.

Written in a style reminiscent of the dialogues of Plato, the conversation starts with the discussion of a public display of discourtesy by two belted Knights that was seen in Middlebridge earlier in the day. The conversation then lead to two central points: What is objectionable about some people's behavior in the SCA, and why are these objectionable traits not corrected, or allowed to develop over time?

Specifically, these traits are first applied to Knights but the dialogue then expands to encompass not only the Chivalry and other heavy fighters, but all the Orders of Peerage and also on behaviour in the Society as a whole, with many specific examples of chivalrous and courteous behavior.


The complete text of The Dialogue of Chivalrie of Finnvar de Taahe by Etienne de l'Isle