Life of a Knight

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  • In medieval times Knights were the protectors of the kingdom. Even though they travel around the world, because they were noblemen they stayed in a castle which they considered home. The castle was a private fortress protected by the knights. They lived in the lower part of the castle called the keep which was very large.
  • To become a Knight you had to be the son of a noble. At age seven, the soon to become knights were taken to another castle to be trained as a page, learning technics of a Knight. Then later at the age of sixteen he would become a squire, working for a Knight, serving his meals, dressing him, tending to his horse and cleaning his weapons.
  • While still in the process of becoming a Knight, at the stage of a page they learn how to become strong, ride horses and master the use of weapons. They learned to read, write, and speak latin and french. They also learned about dancing and the rules of chivalry. Chivalry was a set of rules for honorable behavior.
  • When the squire is about twenty he is made a knight, only if he is worthy of becoming one. A dubbing ceremony is held for the Knight to be in the castle. The Knight kneels before the lord of the manor and the lord touches both his shoulders with a sword and is proclaimed a Knight.
  • The Knights clothing consisted of an armor, helmet, shield, and a sword. Under the armor they wore paddings to ease the heaviness of the metal. Their helmet had eyeholes and breathing holes, to see and breathe. Their shields were sometimes made of wood or medal and had a family seal to identify the knight. The major weapon of a Knight was his sword weighing 21/2 or 3 pounds.
  • When the Knight is finally proclaimed an actual Knight and than, he has to follow the practice of chivalry. The virtues and qualities they must have is to live to serve his King and country, avoid lying, cheating, or torture. They believe in justice for all, respect women, and avenge wrongs.
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