Essay on Knights And Chivalry
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KNIGHTS AND CHIVALRY
Knights were a large part of the Middle Ages. A lot people think that knights are soldiers who were covered in metal, and fought dragons and evil people. Although they were warriors, or soldiers, knights never fought dragons. Knights fought for their king or lord because land was promised to them.
To become a knight you had to be born a noble boy and start training at age seven. The boys didn't go to school because he was sent to live with another noble family as a page. A page learned to work with horses and weapons. He also learned manners and to be polite. He ran errands for the noble family.
At age 14 a page became a squire to a knight. As a squire you had to serve the knight. By watching the knight the squire…show more content…
Now he was officially a knight. The only thing that protected the knight was his armor.
The reason for the armor and the shields was to protect the knight. Armor was made of metal so bows and arrows wouldn't pierce them. Most of the armor covered the chest and the face because if they stabbed the knights in the legs they usually wouldn't be an injury that would kill them. It was also very hot and heavy. It weighed about 66 pounds. The knights used all different kinds of weapons. The crossbow was a type of gun that shoots arrows. Longbows shoot arrows but they could not go through armor. Longbow arrows could be started on fire and shot in to castles. Maces were like a spiked club. Axes had wooden handles and at the end of it was a sharp point. Swords were metal weapons with sharp points so when the knights went into battle they could attack on foot and could protect themselves better.
Chivalry, knighthood’s code of behavior, was part of the knight’s way of life. He defended the church and was ready to die for it. He loved the land of his birth, and gave generously to everyone. A knight fought against injustice and evil, and never surrendered, blinked or flinched in the face of the enemy. His code of honor and loyalty was sometimes only shown to members of his own class. He usually acted how he wanted toward people in lower classes. Because the middle ages were so violent it was hard to stop knights from not
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How important was chivalry in molding the cultural world of the upper classes?
The word chivalry comes from the French term “chevalrie” which when literally described meant the warrior attributes of armed knights on horseback. When the word was first used it did not have many, if any, of the moral or social aspects with which were later attributed to it. Reaching the later periods of the Middle Ages there begins to be a consensus opinion on the definition of a chivalrous knight. This knight would be polite, especially to women, loyal to his lord, a devout and humble Christian, and a powerful and strong-willed fighter. While no man could live up to these expectations, an ideal chivalrous knight would demonstrate all of these qualities.…show more content…
It is clearly evident being an ideal chivalrous knight was extremely difficult, one could only try to emulate as many of these qualities as possible. It was up to the nobility and gentry, however, to uphold these chivalric values to the best of their ability. The following aspects of life which were affected by chivalry are seen in France, but can be with some limitations (England’s need to make anything French more palatable, for example) attributed to most of Europe.
Chivalry would at first shape the cultural world of the upper classes through chivalric ideals in warfare. A chivalrous knight in war was deemed to possess exquisite armor, a keen sword and the ability to kill fearsome opponents without even “raising a sweat.” One knight, as described in the Song of Roland, was to bring the sword through the entire body of his enemy and even through his horse. Lancelot, in one version of King Arthur, is able to slice his sword to the shoulders of his enemy. These knights were tremendous in battle and yet, when Bernier in Raul de Cambrai is faced with an unarmed man, he refuses saying “it would always be