Chivalry is more or less associated with the medieval institution of knighthood and renowned for its dominant role in the battlefields already during the period of the Early Middle Ages. The cavalries or knights became regarded as special elite forces after the 9th century and usually consisted of wealthy knights and noblemen who could afford expensive armor, horses and weapons.
The word chivalry derives from the French word chevalier meaning the one who rides and fights on a horse. The term in the Medieval Times also encompassed a system of ethnical ideals associated with knightly virtues, conduct and courtly love. Today, the terms chivalry and chivalrous are often used to describe a behavior of men towards women.