A Code of Chivalry for Proud Boys
By: Mike Shell
In 1350 A.D., a French knight answers the call of combat on the battlefields of France. Far removed from the impersonal and distant characteristics of most modern warfare, Geoffrey de Charny looks his enemies in their eyes as he cuts them down. A man’s man, a leader of men, a warrior, a knight. He carries the defense of his homeland.
In this period of Medieval Europe, knights had two occupations in life: to joust and fight in tournaments — enjoying the rewards of their victories — and to fight alongside their kings and men on the battlefield. However, not every knight would answer the call to battle. Some knights did not fight in wars out of laziness; some fought because they had already achieved celebrity; and some because of outright cowardice.
In his tome, Book of Chivalry, de Charny writes: “Qui plus fait, mieuxvaut.” In 1350, de Charny’s maxim is an indictment of laziness and vanity prevalent among his fellow knights. His message to them is simple and clear: “He who does more is worth more.”
Knights who prefer the pampered life of sport and leisure — to the life of a solider on the battlefield are simply worth less to their kingdoms than the knights who participate in their conquests and defense.
De Charny’s maxim boils down to honor, a measure of value among men. For us as Proud Boys, what we do for others defines who we are, and what we’re worth. As the head of a family, a member of a team, and a citizen of a Republic, the more you do for your people and for your nation, the greater your worth to society. “He who does more is worth more.”
It’s a maxim we must bring back. If the West is to survive, then we ought to adopt an organizational culture that fosters excellence. Excellence is how we win wars — cultural or otherwise. Through this book, de Charny can teach us a great deal.
The Book of Chivalry was de Charny’s treatise on the code of conduct for knights. It was for the sake of ensuring that every knight lived up to the calling, knew what was expected of him, and was prepared to fight in the defense of the realm. Other tenets generally include the concepts that men-at-arms are to earn their praise, that they are to remain praiseworthy in their actions, to be honored above others who aren’t engaged in war, and to bring credit to their cause.
Further, we should call on each other to teach and learn new skills, seek guidance and direction, and work to bring every member up to the firing line. “Every man who does well in this vocation should be prized and honored, and one should observe those who are best and learn by listening to them and by asking about what one does not know, for they ought rightly to know better how to explain, teach, and advise than the others, for they have seen and known, taken part in, experienced, and proved themselves in all forms of armed combat which good men have learned and learned how to excel.”
I learned a recent lesson the hard way that we need to invest our time and energy and guidance into our younger brothers, to help develop them as men, and to ensure that they’re equipped with the knowledge, attitude, and determination to achieve success in their own lives and, one day, for their own families.
“He who does more is worth more,” begins with us, in our own lives, but it extends to the entire fraternity. We recognize our fraternity as a meritocracy. We should celebrate achievement, empowerment, self-development, and perseverance, especially in the wake of failure. To me,and many others, this fraternity is much more than a social club. It’s a vehicle to change a generation of cucked young men, to fight back in the culture war, and to gain praise and honor for saving our nation and the West at large. The celebration of leisure and vanity is part of what’s killing the West, and the culture of debauchery and degeneracy should be purged as well.
“He who does more is worth more” — the opposite of leisure and vanity — should be a maxim among Proud Boys because it ensures an organizational culture focused on doing more, being more, and winning more. Inspired directly by de Charny’s work, here are five codes I propose we seriously consider adopting for our own Code of Chivalry.
Proud Boys Code of Chivalry
He who does more is worth more.
Be worthy of praise.
Bring credit to our cause.
Win the love of a lady.
Raise the next generation of warriors.
If we can adopt, promote, and abide by these five simple principles — as men leading our own lives, as brothers in arms in the culture war, and as fathers and husbands — then we will be a more potent, capable, and enduring force for good in America.
Mike Shell is a former soldier, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a Proud Boy from the Republic of Texas.