From the introduction:
C&S Essence (C&S E) is simply designed to try and give you a free taste of playing the “Chivalry & Sorcery” RPG but with far fewer, and simplified, rules.
C&S is a game set in medieval Europe. This is a time of social inequality and a rigid hierarchical structure but also a time of changes with the rise of the merchant classes in the towns eroding the old Feudal structure. Combine the uncertainty of Feudal warfare, upstart burghers, conflicts between Church and State and then add in evil magicians, and non-human peoples not necessarily friendly to Man and you have a broad scope for Heroic, or not so heroic, adventure. In most cases we have used the male pronoun “he”, this is simply to save space, there are historical precedents for strong female characters of every type and class.