The Knight's Code:
1. To fear God and maintain His Church
2. To serve the liege lord in valour and faith
3. To protect the weak and defenceless
4. To give succour to widows and orphans
5. To refrain from the wanton giving of offence
6. To live by honour and for glory
7. To despise pecuniary reward
8. To fight for the welfare of all
8. To obey those placed in authority
9. To guard the honour of fellow Knights
10. To eschew unfairness, meaness and deceit
11. To keep faith
12. At all times to speak the truth
13. To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun
14. To respect the honour of women
15. Never refuse a challenge from an equal
16. Never turn your back upon a foe
Maybe so, but the list is a romantic fiction to the reality of medieval battle.
Rule one: hit first. 2: hit hardest. ...and remember to pee before putting on your codpiece.
oddly enough, i seem to recall a story when French kinights were hired as mercenaries in Italian wars they shocked their hosts by actually killing opponents on teh 'field-of-honour'. Undoubtedly some did assign their noblest virtues towards combat but for teh most part they simply made sure they stayed alive and left a trail of blood in their wake.
The slaughter at Agincourt was one such ocasion when french kinights assailed the baggage train, cleaving non-combatants from limb to limb with no thought for honour at all. then again, that's the french for you.