The Song of Roland was the most famous 'chanson de geste' and was composed between 1098-1100, describing the betrayal of Count Roland at the hand of Ganelon, and his resulting death in the Pyranee Mountains at the hands of the Saracens.
Roland was a loyal defender of his liege Lord Charlemagne and his code of conduct a description of the meaning of chivalry.
The ideals described in the Code of Chivalry were emphasised by the oaths and vows that were sworn in the Knighthood ceremonies of the Middle Ages and Medieval era.
The Dark Age myths of Arthurian Legends featuring King Arthur, Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table further strengthen the idea of a Knights Code of Chivalry.
The Arthurian legend revolves around the Code of Chivalry which was adhered to by the Knights of the Round Table - Honour, Honesty, Valour and Loyalty.
The Knights Code of Chivalry was part of the culture of the Middle Ages and was understood by all.
A Code of Chivalry was documented in ' The Song of Roland' in the Middle Ages Knights period of William the Conqueror who ruled England from 1066.
The chivalric virtues of the Knights Code of Chivalry were described in the 14th Century by the Duke of Burgandy.
A knight was expected to have not only the strength and skills to face combat in the violent Middle Ages but was also expected to temper this aggressive side of a knight with a chivalrous side to his nature.
There was not an authentic Knights Code of Chivalry as such - it was a moral system which went beyond rules of combat and introduced the concept of Chivalrous conduct - qualities idealized by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women.
The ' Song of Roland' describes the 8th century Knights of the Dark Ages and the battles fought by the Emperor Charlemagne.
The code has since been described as Charlemagne's Code of Chivalry.