Survival Manuals

Manuals used by the Saxon Knights

Saxon Knights Survival Manual

The Song of Roland

Translated by C. K. Moncreiff

The Song of Roland is an epic poem based on the Battle of Roncevaux in 778, during the reign of Charlemagne. It is the oldest surviving major work of French literature and exists in various manuscript versions, which testify to its enormous and enduring popularity in the 12th to 14th centuries.

Since it was first written, the Song of Roland has been used to define the true qualities of knighthood. The Saxon Knights are no different; the Song of Roland encapsulates the Rules of Knighthood – the Code of Chivalry used by the Saxon Knights.

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The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers

The 48 Laws of Power are the Saxon Knights' Laws of Human Nature. These Laws summarize insights gleaned from more than 3000 years of experience.

The 48 Laws of Power is the most requested book in American prison libraries, and it is studied as a first year text in two US colleges. Former drug dealer Curtis Jackson (now better known as rapper 50 Cent) stated that he related to the book "immediately." Busta Rhymes used The 48 Laws of Power to deal with problematic movie producers. DJ Premier has a tattoo inspired from Law #5 on his arm and DJ Calvin Harris has an arm tattoo based on Law #28. The 48 Laws of Power has also been mentioned in songs by UGK, Jay Z, Kanye West, and Drake.

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The Art of War

by Sun Tzu

The Art of War by Sun Tzu is the definitive work on military strategy and tactics. It has also been applied to many fields well outside of the military. Much of the text is about how to fight wars without actually having to do battle: it gives tips on how to outsmart one's opponent so that physical battle is not necessary. As such, it has found application as a training guide for many competitive endeavors that do not involve actual combat.

The Saxon Knights use The Art of War for developing their diplomatic relations with opposing prison gangs.

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The Prince

by Nicolo Machiavelli

While many prison gangs operate under a paramilitary structure, the Saxon Knights employ the political treatise of Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince.

Niccolò Machiavelli wa a 16th-century Italian diplomat and political theorist. Machiavelli's book, The Prince is one of the first works of modern political philosophy, in which the effective truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal.

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