A Knight’s Life Presented By: Paul Kuik and Amy Weessies
Early Life Of A Knight
He is born into a family obviously, and then during his early life his parents make him watch the knight’s so when he is older he knows what they do and see there technique and ways of fighting.
He grows up by helping his father at home farming, hunting little things, and other work around the house for men.
At the age of 7 a noble birth would go and and leave his home to become a page. He would learn military matters, honor, and behavior.
Teenage Years Of A Knight
At the age of 14 they would become a squire and would be apprenticed to a knight.
They would learn about weapons, armor, and hunting.
His main job was to look after his Knight and clean his armor, make his bed, look after his belongings etc.
Also sometimes the squire would go into the battlefield with his knight and fight along his side.
Early Adulthood Of A Knight
Around the age of 21 a squire is qualified to become a knight. Some of the boys never became knights unlike others that could not wait to be a knight.
The Knighting Ceremony was very complex the day before Dubbing the squire would have his hair cut for that was considered to be the best feature.
Before the Knighting the squire had many religious ordeals to go through. For e.g The vigil at arms which was praying all night long.
There was also a banquet for The Knights.
Mid-Life Of A Knight
In there Mid-Life they were usually married but still did tasks like going to another city for their elders.
He would be working more now that he is capable of doing more because of his strength and training.
Knights went on quests, traveled the land, did tasks for their king, and fought in battles.
Apart from military duties the knight could also participate in administering justice. They would be like a nowadays jury. He also took time managing his estates and continuing to work on his combat skills in tournament.
Chivalry, and Tournaments
The Knights were expected to be courteous to woman and to others.
He was to devote himself to the church, protect the weak and the poor, and treat all social classes with respect.
Tournaments actually went against the code of Chivalry but they were very popular.
Many people liked to go and watch and compete in the jousting tournaments.
There were 2 different ways of jousting: You could use the butt of the lance for a friendly match or you could use the point of the lance for a fight to the death.
Armor and Weaponry
The main weapon of a knight to use was his sword. He could also use other weapons like the mace, poleaxe, spear, hammer, lance, and dagger.
The sword only weighed about 2 lbs. But it was very effective because it could slice through chain mail.
Armor could be very heavy (up to 50 pounds).
There were a few weak spots in armor, including under the arm, and in between the helmet and chest plate.
Heraldry and Coat of Arms
Heraldry is symbols which identify individuals or families on their armour, sheilds or clothing.
It was made so they could tell friend form enemy, because as armor grew more advanced and helmets covered more of the face.
A Coat of arms is a symbol which
Housing Of Knight’s
The knights often lived near the castle or in the castle.
They often had little huts in a barracks just outside the castle gates.
Also if they had a family and or were rich they would have there own kind of housing. (eg) such as mansions.
There are many different knights that are well known We will share some of the most famous knights.
Sir Lancelot, King Arthur, Knight Tristen, Richard the Lionheart.
Those are some of the knights that were well known.