What specific works of literature or historical nonfiction influenced Lucas’s conception of the Jedi Knights? We know there was a strong Eastern influence, especially via Kurosawa’s films. But European medieval knights and the chivalric code seems to have been closer to the heart of how Lucas imagined the Jedi. But we live in a time very different from the one Lucas grew up in. There have been so many book, TV, and movie depictions of medieval knights that have watered down and altered the image of knighthood that may have been clearer to Lucas growing up. So I’m trying to figure out what specific works, whether literary or academic, could have helped Lucas develop his idea of the Jedi Order. All of this is to get a better understanding of the Jedi as seen by Lucas.