While we're on the subject of Chivalry, I think it's a myth that the code of Chivalry did much to protect your average woman. For noble-born women, maybe, but if you look at what all went on during the 100 Years War (during the height of Chivalry), you see account after account of rapes and pillages by knights, both on the French and English side. The "chevauchee" was a horrific tactic meant to break the fighting spirit of the people. Raid their village, kill the men, rape the women, all in an effort to draw out the local lord into combat. The sort of total war that took place during the Age of Chivalry makes Sherman's March look like a tea party.