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Medieval Knights

Medieval Knights

In both history and fairytale, the knight has represented strength, chivalry and honour. Whether defeating great foes at battle on horseback, or rescuing damsels from towering steeples, the legend of the knight is respected and admired. In the All About History Book of Medieval Knights, you’ll find out about the Hundred Years’ War, Wars of the Roses and the infamous battlefields of medieval Europe through the eyes of iconic figures such as El Cid, Richard the Lionheart and Edward the Black Prince. Explore the arms and armour they used and wore, the combat skills they had to master and the honour that it was their duty to uphold. Packed with incredible illustrations and insights into the period, this is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to learn about the Medieval knight.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to medieval knights

In both history and fairytale, the knight has represented strength, chivalry and honour. Whether defeating great foes at battle on horseback, or rescuing damsels from towering steeples, the legend of the knight is respected and admired. In the All About History Book of Medieval Knights, you’ll find out about the Hundred Years’ War, Wars of the Roses and the infamous battlefields of medieval Europe through the eyes of iconic figures such as El Cid, Richard the Lionheart and Edward the Black Prince. Explore the arms and armour they used and wore, the combat skills they had to master and the honour that it was their duty to uphold. Packed with incredible illustrations and insights into the period, this is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to learn about the…

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evolution of the knight

The phrase ‘Arise, Sir…’ was not actually used in the knighting ceremony The notion of a knight immediately conjures up strong images – King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, a chivalrous English gentleman who fights for honour, ladies swooning, and valiant one-on-one battles. However, this common image of the medieval knight did not just spring up from nowhere; in actuality, the concept of knighthood existed way before medieval Europe. It had been developing, growing and evolving since ancient times. To truly see the origins of the knight we have to cast our gazes back to ancient Rome, and a class of people known as the equites. The equites were the second property-based class in ancient Rome, ranked just below the senatorial class, and named from the Latin for horse…

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the evolution of armour

Although the most common image of a knight is a man clothed in full plate mail, this imposing figure was actually the accumulation of years of development of metalworking and blacksmithing. As more efficient weapons were created to wound through a knight’s armour, armour was built to withstand it. Chainmail was a knight’s staple, but as crossbows were developed, smiths added pieces of plate in order to halt these arrows either on top of or beneath the chainmail suits. These were not full suits of armour, but just specific parts of the body were protected – such as elbow guards and chest plates. Over time, more plate armour was developed, such as vambraces for the arms and grieves for the legs. By the 15th century, medieval armour had developed into a…

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more than a sword

In both myth and history, the knight has always been strongly associated with the sword. It’s what they were knighted with on their shoulder, and in myth many knights’ swords, such as a mystical Excalibur, were given their own names and special powers. Traditionally, the sword was regarded with honour, and mastering the use of it was considered to be the epitome of a knight’s power. With the Iron Age, swords became longer, stronger and even more deadly. The handles of swords also grew longer, allowing for the knights to wield powerful two-handed weapons. There were even swords that were developed specifically to cut and thrust through armour. However, the sword was not the only weapon at a knight’s disposal. The use of maces in battle was popular in the Early…

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the code of chivalry

When speaking about knightly chivalry, the ‘chivalric code’ is often referenced. This was not an actual document with set rules for knights to follow, but rather a social code that knights were expected to uphold. However, a code of chivalry was documented in epic poem The Song of Roland, written between 1089 and 1100, and gives a good basis for how a chivalrous knight was expected to behave. For example, the poem says that a knight was expected to: Uphold the church Protect the weak, especially widows and orphans Live with honour and glory Obey authority Protect the honour of fellow knights Refrain from deceit, unfairness and meanness Always speak the truth Never give up Respect the honour of women Never back down from a challenge from an equal Never turn his back upon a foe It is interesting to note that…

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how to train as a knight

Across much of Medieval Europe, the feudal system of grants of land made in return for service held sway. Kings gave vast areas to their wealthiest nobles in return for military support. Similarly, those nobles gave smaller plots to lower lords, who rented it to peasants to farm. Yet while kings and higher nobles weren’t strangers to battle, it was those lower lords, or knights, who were the true warrior class. Their fighting skills were so valued that they were often ransomed if captured in combat. Small wonder, then, that acquiring those skills took years of determination and dedication. What you’ll need Mounted Warrior Shield For defence, but also for identification in the heat of confused battle, via the knight’s decorative coat of arms. Armour By 1400, full plate steel armour offers near full-body protection. The bascinet…

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