Medieval etiquette

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Etiquette is a code that governs the expectations of social behavior, according to the conventional norm within a society, social class, or group. Medieval books of etiquette codified these expectations, usually for the instruction of young readers.

It is important to understand that protocol is a separate concept from etiquette, and that medieval etiquette may be different from modern customs, even those practiced in the SCA.

Additional Reading

  • The Book of the Knight of the Tower: Manners for Young Medieval Women by Rebecca Barnhouse (ISBN 1403969914)
  • The Absence of Grace: Sprezzatura and Suspicion in Two Renaissance Courtesy Books by Harry Berger (ISBN 0804739056)
  • The Book of the Courtier by Baldesar Castiglione (ISBN 0140441921) - English translation by Sir Thomas Hoby (1561)
  • The Civilizing Process by Norbert Elias (ISBN 0631221611)
  • The History of Manners by Norbert Elias (IBSN 0394711335)

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