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Middle Ages Knights

Middle Ages - Lords and Ladies

Life of the Knights in the Middle Ages
It was the duty of a Middle Ages Knight to learn how to fight and so serve their liege Lord according to 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. Weapon practise included enhancing skills in the two-handed sword, battle axe, mace, dagger and lance.

A Knight would be expected to guard the Castle and support his liege lord in Middle Ages warfare. Details of the life of Middle Ages knights in a castle, together with castle warfare, are covered in the section about Middle Ages Castles.

Knighthood & Knights in the Middle Ages
To gain Knighthood in the Middle Ages 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.

Facts about Knights
Steps to Knighthood
Knighthood Training
Steps to Knighthood
Squires

The Knights job & the Knights Code of Chivalry in the Middle Ages
The Knights job in the Middle Ages centred around enhancing their Knightly skills in the use of weapons, horsemanship and medieval warfare. 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 Middle Ages nobles were sent to live in the castle of their liege lord and commence their education and learn the skills required as a Knight. The Middles Ages castles served as 'Knight School!' Strict Codes of Conduct dictated the life of a Knight during the Middle Ages and the strict etiquette of their everyday life revolved around the Code of Chivalry, courtly manners and courtly love. A knight would start their life in a castle as a Page and then move up to the role of a Squire.

Order of Knighthood Ceremony
Knights Code of Chivalry
Courtly Love

The Knights Armor in the Middle Ages
The Knights Armor of the Middle Ages 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 Middle Ages Knights Armor was a complex series of garments, chain mail and iron plate. Each of the garments used to cloth a Medieval knight are detailed in the following sections.

Knights Armor
Chainmail
Destrier

Knights Tournaments and Jousting
The Knights practised their knightly skills at the tournaments of the Middle Ages. 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.

Knights Tournaments
Jousting
History of Jousting
Jousting Terminology
Jousting Weapons

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