Historians have found the task of defining medieval chivalry to be an elusive task. Chivalry was at the intersection of warrior culture, aristocratic values and religious ideals. By analyzing twelfth-century historians William of Malmesbury, Henry of Huntingdon, and Orderic Vitalis, I have found that contemporary historians were just as conflicted over these factors as modern historians. Twelfth-century commentators all ascribed different precedence to social and moral factors and the examination of their connections between these values brings the nature of chivalry as a system of interactions between social groups into the open.
Carlson, Stephanie L.
"Conflicting Perspectives: Chivalry in Twelfth-Century Historiography,"
Constructing the Past:
1, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/constructing/vol16/iss1/1