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Facts about Knights
The Middle Ages encompass one of the most exciting periods in English History. The dynasty of the Middle Ages include Kings and Queens such as King Henry VIII and his daughters:

  • Fighting on piggyback introduced the young knights to the balance and skills required in mounted combat

  • The more common warhorses used by Knights were like modern hunters and known as Destriers
  • Knights often wore ladies' "favors", generally a scarf, veil, or sleeve, when jousting
  • Sometimes a knight would appear with no heraldic markings
  • The decline in jousting started with the invention of the musket firearm in 1520
  • Training took 7 years as a page and another 7 years as a Squire before becoming a Knight
  • Knights met each other at combined speeds of 60 mph when jousting
  • Lances were measured, so no one knight had a longer lance
  • The word Squire is derived from the French words "Esquire, Escuyer" which originally meant 'shield bearer'
  • The death-blow a knight gave to his mortally wounded opponent was called a Coup de Grace
  • Pavilions were the name given to the bright, round medieval tents of alternating colors which housed the knights and their surgeons
  • 'Dubbing' was a blow struck with the flat of the hand or the side of the sword and was regarded as an essential act of the knighting ceremony
  • At the end of the Knighthood ceremony a Knight could claim the title "Sir"
  • A disgraced Knight had his spurs hacked off and his shield was hung upside down as a sign of dishonor
  • Full Plate Armour was introduced during the 15th century weighing approximately 50 lbs
  • Of the seventeen entries in the Knights Code of Chivalry, according to the Song of Roland, at least 12 relate to acts of chivalry as opposed to combat
  • The Joust was an individual tournament event whereas the Melee was a team event
  • A vassal or squire was employed by the Knight to act as his 'Kipper'. A Kipper was expected to collect the 'Spoils of Combat' during a tournament
  • A grandstand, called a Berfrois, was built a full story above the level of the lists which housed the ladies and other noble spectators of jousting tournaments
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