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Medieval Knights
The Medieval period was dominated by the feudal system and the role of the Medieval
knights and their servants. Articles about their life, living conditions, clothing, weapons,
training, armor, tournaments and jousts of the Medieval Knights can be found in this
section. When we think of the Medieval times the first thought often takes us to the
Medieval knights and their ladies. It was the duty of a Medieval Knight to learn how to
fight and so serve their liege Lord according to the Code of Chivalry. But this was an
extremely violent era in European and English history. Weapon practise included
enhancing skills in the two-handed sword, battle axe, mace, dagger and lance. A Knight
would be expected to guard a Castle and support his liege lord in Medieval warfare. Details
of the life of Medieval knights in a castle, together with castle warfare, are covered in the
section about Medieval Castles.

Knighthood & Knights in Medieval Times
To gain Knighthood in Medieval Times was a long and arduous task. Knighthood was not
bestowed purely because a young man was the son of a noble. There were many steps to
achieving a knighthood, requiring years of training. The steps towards achieving a
knighthood started with training as a page and then as a squire, also referred to as esquire.
The sons of Nobles, except those who were destined to take Holy Orders, were placed in the
service of the great Lords of the land. These sons of the Medieval nobles were sent to live in
the castle of their liege lord and commence their education as a Knight and learn the skills
required as a Medieval Knight.

                                    Becoming a Knight
                                Facts on Medieval Knights
                                    Knight on a Horse
                                     Medieval Squires
                              Medieval Knights and Feudalism

Medieval Knights Jousting and Tournaments
The Medieval Knights practised their knightly skills at the tournaments of the Medieval
era. Various forms of combat were practised at the tournaments including jousting,
archery and hand to hand combat using swords and other weapons. This section covers
Knights Tournaments and jousting including the history of jousting, jousting terminology
and jousting weapons.

                                 Medieval Tournaments
                                Medieval Knights Jousting
                              Medieval Jousting Tournaments
                                Medieval Jousting History
                                Medieval Jousting Terms
                                     Jousting Lance
Medieval Knights - Knighthood and the Code of Chivalry
The Code of Chivalry dictated that a Knight should be brave and fearless in battle but
would also exhibit cultured Knightly qualities showing themselves to be devout, loyal,
courteous and generous. Various ceremonies were attended and oaths made before a man
could become a knight. The Code of Chivalry was a moral system which went beyond rules
of combat and introduced the concept of Chivalrous conduct and courtly love. The
Medieval castles served as 'Knight School!' Strict Codes of Conduct dictated the life of a
Knight during the Medieval times and the strict etiquette of their everyday life revolved
around the Code of Chivalry, courtly manners and courtly love. The qualities expected of a
Medieval knight included bravery, courtesy, honor and gallantry toward women from
which we get the image of the Knight In Shining Armor. The concept of a Code of Chivalry
led to an idealised view of Medieval knights in later times resulted in various legends about
a ruler called King Arthur, his kingdom called Camelot and the Knights of the Round

                                 Knighthood Ceremony
                                    Code of Chivalry
                                 Medieval Courtly Love
                                Knights of the Round Table

The Medieval Knights Armor and Weapons
The Knights role in Medieval Times centred around enhancing their knightly skills in the
use of weapons, horsemanship and medieval warfare. The Medieval Knights Armor was
extremely expensive to produce. It had to be tailor-made to fit the Knight exactly or the
Knight ran the risk of an ill-fitting suit of armor hampering him in battle. A Medieval
Knights Armor was a complex series of garments, chain mail and iron plate. The warhorse,
often a destrier, was favored by the Knight on a horse. The warhorses also wore armor.

                                     Sword Training
                                 Medieval Knight Armor
                                 Medieval Knight Clothing
                                  Medieval Chain Mail
                                   Chain Mail Clothing

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