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On January 1st 1400, The advanced knight armour came into use. The suit weighed around 25 kilos at the time although they were able to have more room to move. Barbutes were worn, which were lighter helmets. They had more room so the knight could see and had some more room to breathe.
Iron armour started being made, which covered the whole body, which was conjoined with metal rivets and strips of leather. In the 1400’s, shields weren’t in use, instead they wore the whole body protection and some iron shoes.
The code of chivalry is a strict set of rules that all knights have to agree to. The rules that the knights had to live up to is: 1. Faithful to the church and prepared to die for it. 2. The champion of justice
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BATTLE AXE- Used by Foot soldiers and occasionally knights THROWING AXE- Used by Foot soldiers and occasionally knights BILLHOOK- Used by foot soldiers LONGBOW- Used by an archer, usually was called a longbow man, This was a wooden bow that would be up to 6 and 7 feet long and would be thrown with strong tension. THE BUTTS- Used for training DAGGERS- Short knife with a pointed blade that was commonly used.
Halberd- A pike with an axe head, also called poleaxe or axe on a pole Mace- A weapon with a heavy head sometimes had additional uses depending what is on the handles. Warhorse- Destrier was a common war horse used by knights Pell Training- Weapons used for sword training Quarterstaff- Used as a close contact weapon in battle War Hammer- A hammer used by foot soldiers and on the rare occasion, knights.
3. Prepared to help the weak and oppressed 4. Brave and courageous in battle 5. A defender of a woman’s honour If knights did not follow the code of chivalry (which unfortunately knights did not live up to these high expectations), nothing really happened, although consequences were supposed to be given.
Around the first time that the knighting ceremonies came about, at the dubbing ceremony, the knight would be slapped onto the back and would be given a sword that would contain gold-splattered spurs. Later, the new ceremony ritual was made. It was a public ceremony and was a deeply religious ritual which, the knight would get blessing by the church using the coat or arms. The journey into knighthood started with a night Vigil, taking place in the chapel of the castle or the church.
During his last night as a squire, he needed to cleanse his body to symbolize purification. During the knights ceremony, the new knight to be, had to wear a white vesture (symbolizing purity) , a red robe (symbolizing nobility), black shoes and a black hose (symbolizing death). During the ceremony a knight would kneel at the altar, praying for 10 hours. The conductor of the ceremony would then get a sword when it is time to announce that he is a knight and place the sword on his head, and shoulders. The priest would commence this ceremony, and the squire helped the other squire to undress, wash and dress again.
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