Our Book of the Month for December is Chivalry and Courtesy: Medieval Manners for a Modern World, by Danièle Cybulskie.
We are very excited to be offering two of Danièle’s books from Abbeville Press this month and next. As readers might know, Danièle is our Lead Columnist and host of The Medieval Podcast.
Chivalry and Courtesy explores the world of etiquette from the time of Chaucer to the court of Elizabeth I, encompassing table manners and interpersonal relationships as well as running a household and ruling a kingdom. With wit and insight, Danièle draws on a wide variety of primary sources, from courtiers’ handbooks to romantic poems. Though we may no longer need best practices for things like dueling or ordering about our servants, the principles of generosity, kindness, and respect still apply today. After all, it’s a good reminder to “be companionable no matter who you are with” and to not “chew on bones because that is what dogs do.”