Originally warriors mounted on horseback knights became associated with the concept of chivalry as it was popularised in medieval european literature. Scott farrell comments the concept of chivalry as a military code of ethics is sometimes dismissed as simply an excuse for causing harm and doing violence under the guise of righteousness. Chivalry praised heroic violence by knights and fused such displays of prowess with honour piety high status chivalry and violence in medieval europe. Chivalry and violence in medieval europe by richard kaeuper from oxford university press canada
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