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Ramon Llull and The Book of the Order of Chivalry: an attempt to retake the ideals of the Christian Chivalry

Ramon Llull and The Book of the Order of Chivalry: an attempt to retake the ideals of the Christian Chivalry

By Paula Carolina Teixeira Marroni and Terezinha Oliveira

Roda da Fortuna: Electronic Journal about Antiquity and Middle Ages, Vol.5:2 (2016)

British Library MS Harley 4205 f. 23

Abstract: This text aims to analyze the presence of ideals of Christian Chivalry that should be retaken considering the view of Ramon Llull´s The Book of the order of chivalry (1272- 1283). We consider this a literature work that allows us to reflect on aspects of History of Education, because, for us, it can be considered a resumption of concepts, values, ideas and virtues of Christian chivalry in the thirteenth century. Considering the importance of dialogue between the work itself and the social context in which it was designed, we selected to our study the historical analysis based on the Social History. After presenting some parts that can be taken as foundation to our hypothesis, we conclude this text reflecting on the importance Llull brings the knowledge contained in a book and how this would bring about the cavalry, being a literate knowledge, so that this literary source becomes important and rich source of study for the History of Education.

Introdcution: This study has as theme the resumption of the ideal of Christian Chivalry, or milles Christi, present in The Book of the Order of Chivalry, from Ramon Llull. Ramon Llull was born in Palma de Maiorca, Spain, between 1232 and 1235. We consider the thirteenth century in Medieval Europe as the local-time context and we aim to analyze how the work selected as a literary source may show the concern of Llull with the resumption of concepts, values, ideas and virtues of Christian chivalry in the thirteenth century.

The existence of continuities and ruptures, and the complexity of cultural relations of transition between different generations and values propagated by them seem to be evidenced in the work of Ramon Llull. The study of Llull´s influence is approached by different areas of study, for example: philosophy, law, linguistics, computer science, sociology and history.

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