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All About History Everything You Need to Know About Knights

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Lionised in both historical records and epic fantasies, knights have come to represent the ideal of everything a warrior should be; brave, fair, just and always ready to defend the weak. But how much do we really know about these fabled fighters? Where did the concept of chivalry and knighthood come from? What did it take to become a knight? And were all of them really such noble and honest men? In Everything You Need To Know About Knights, you’ll explore the origins of the knight, discover how they trained for war and examine the weapons and armour they relied on. You’ll then meet the fearsome figures who shaped the Medieval period, including warriors such as Richard the Lionheart and the Black Prince. Then it will be time to step…

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evolution of the knight

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 gaze 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’ – equus. In Roman tradition, the three tribes of Rome each…

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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 penetrate a knight’s defences, armour was built to withstand them. Chain mail 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 chain mail suits. These were not full suits of armour, as just specific parts of the body were protected, such as the elbows and chest. 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 full…

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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 the 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 Middle…

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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…

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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: 1 Be lucky at birth While it is not unheard of for sons of lowly peasants to rise to knighthood, it helps greatly to be born of noble, wealthy stock. Offspring…