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Humanities CAT Knight's Training Manual

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Amy Liu

on 26 August 2015

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The meaning of the word knight.
A knight was a male in Medieval Times who served their Lord or King as a soldier. They would have already served their years as a page and squire, before being knighted in a ceremony. All knights had to abide by the Code of Chivalry. Most knights were scions (more than often not first-borns), but there would be times where a man of lesser birth became a knight as well because it took a lot of money to pay for armour and training.
Noble's sons would be the ages of 7 to 8 before being sent off to other noble familes or the castle. They would have to be required to perform duties as a page but in return recieved education and training. It was not seen as degrading for a noble's son to be serving another noble family as it created alliances between the two families. After seven years of being a page, the page would become a squire at the age of 14 to 15. He would then be appointed to knight becoming the knight's servant, or like the knight's apprentice. The squire would be required to do squire duties (which in return recieved education) and carry the knight's flag or shield into battle. Most knights became a knight when he was deemed ready by proving his worth in battle or when he was 21. They would become a knight in the knighting ceremony where they would have to abide by the Code of Chivalry and swear an oath.
Duties of a Page
The duties a page would have to perform were passing messages, serving, cleaning clothes and weapons, and learning the essentials of combat. He may be required sometimes to dress or arm his lord.
Duties of a Squire
Squires would obviously have more complicated jobs to do than pages. Some of the duties they would have to perform are:
Saddling their knight’s horse
Guarding prisoners
Freeing their knight if he is taken into captivity
Making sure their knight gets a proper and honourable burial
To replace or damaged equipment
To replace injured or killed horses
Carrying the knight’s flag
Dressing his knight in armour
Protecting his knight
Attending to the horses
Mantaining their equipment
Escorting their knight to tournaments and the battleground

Knightly skills needed.
A Knight learns all types of skills at different stages of his training. When he is a page and squire he mostly focuses on learning equestrian skills, how to use weapons, like the two-handed sword, the battle axe, bow and arrow, mace, dagger, and lance. They would be expected to have high levels of physical strength regardless of their size and be well-versed in tactic training, such as castle and siege warfare. He would trained in swimming, wrestling, climbing, javelins, archery and throwing stones.
A Knight's Training Manual
Written by Amy Liu 8L
Most difficult part of Knights Training
I think the most difficult part of knight's training is the physical part, because they are expected to be at the same standard of strength as opposed to those who are more larger than them in size.
Some typical duties a knight has are:
Being in charge of warfare.
Allocating land to peasents.
To serve their Lord and King.
Having the willingness to shed blood.
To defend his Lord's land.
Supporting his liege lord in warfare.
What is the Code of Chivalry
The Code of Chivalry focuses more on the moral compass knights should have. It combined the epitome of what chivalry was, how to act towards women and good manners. There were other oaths knights had to take as well, about courtly love and how to act to the ladies of the court.
The Code of Chivalry
This is the Code of Chivalry deprived from the Song of Roland.
To fear God and maintain His Church
To serve the liege lord in valour and faith
To protect the weak and defenceless
To give succour to widows and orphans
To refrain from the wanton giving of offence
To live by honour and for glory
To despise pecuniary reward
To fight for the welfare of all
To obey those placed in authority
To guard the honour of fellow knights
To eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit
To keep faith
At all times to speak the truth
To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun
To respect the honour of women
Never to refuse a challenge from an equal
Never to turn the back upon a foe
Knights also needed the essential skills of hunting and hawking.
Three most important rules I think a knight should follow.
1. To respect the honour of women
2. To obey those placed in authority
3. Never to turn the back upon a foe
I believe these three rules are important, not only because they are a good purpose, but because they will ensure the safety of the knight as well.
1. It is of good etiquette to be polite towards women. However, women are reknown for poisoning (leading to painful (or not) deaths) unfaithful or rude husbands. If a knight upsets a Lady of the manor they are residing in, he may as well be poisoned at his next meal, by a servant that has been ordered to by the Lady. The food tasters may be on the plan as well. The knight may also be looked down upon, since he doesn't respect women like other knights do.
2. If a knight doesn't obey the King for example, or the person in charge of leading the knights into war, he may be accused/charged of treason and is executed. A knight may also not obey those in a higher rank than he and it seem he is a rude person and they take offence to that. The knight might offend a noble and the noble could tae it to court or attack the knight's land and peasants.
3. This doesn't just apply to an opponent in battle, but all the people the knight has offended might like to kill him and if he doesn't watch out for would be assassins he will die.
Consequences if a knight does not follow the rules are:
A knight's knighthood will be taken away.
Land will be taken away
He will have no money
Be shamed
No status
Ordeal of fire (was rarely used)
Why may it be difficult for a knight to always obey the Code of Chivalry and what problems may he encounter?
It may be difficult for a knight to obey the Code of Chivalry, because it may not agree with his moral compass, or because he cannot do so in a particular situation.
Fair Play
Never attack an unarmed foe
Never charge an unhorsed opponent
Never attack from behind
Avoid cheating
Avoid torture
Exhibit self discipilne
Show respect to authority
Obey the law
Administer justice
Protect the innocent
Respect women
Exhibit courage in word and deed
Avenge the wronged
Defend the weak and innocent
Fight with honor
Never abandon a friend, ally, or comrade
Avoid decption
Respect life
Exhibit manners
Be polite and attentive
Be respectful of host, authority and women
To god soverign, country and the Code of Chivalry.
However, this is another Code of Chivalry I found.
For example, knights only respected the noble women, not the peasants and even went as far as raping peasant women. They were often cruel towards the common people as well because they were of noble birth and a higher status in society. Knights would sometimes raid and steal from captive villages and cities.

A diagram of what a Knight needs for a tournament or battle
A design of a Knight's Shield
The Pros becoming a Knight
Knights were wealthy
Knights were respected members of the community
Knights had a substantial amount of land
Knights had a fair amount of political clout
Knights had better health than most of the population and a longer life expectancy
Knights owned a couple of horses
Knights lived a comfortable life
Knights were educated people
The Cons of becoming a Knight
Knight's armour was very expensive
Knights had to follow the Code of Chivalry
Knights had to start off at a very young age away from their families
Knight's armour was very heavy
Knights were expected to participate in many wars, compared to peasents
Knights had to participate in tournaments
Would I want to become a Knight?
Yes, I would want to become a knight, because life expectancy was very short in those times and the life of a knight was much better than a peasant. Even if a knight dies in battle at the age of 25, peasants died averagely at 27 after spending their whole life in poverty, whereas knights had a much better life than most of the population. Knights lived in a good conditions, from their noble homes, training facilities in manors/the castle/townhouses and their designated lord or baron castles/their own land.
However, women could be appointed knights but it rarely ever happened.
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