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Training A Knight

Post  NVillar on Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:52 am

Knights belonged to the noble class and were part of a military order, but not all soldiers could become knights. Those lacking the equipment, status or wealth to join an order were usually denied. However, some from the poorer class could elevate their status and be accepted into knighthood through courage on the battlefield. Did you know there was women knights it was rare but they did exists .Becoming a page was the first step most had to take to become a knight. Training began at a very young age. At age 7 the son of a medieval nobleman or knight would be sent off to serve as a page in a lord's castle. There, he would learn horsemanship, archery and swordsmanship, and perform various other duties around the castle.
Squires would begin training at the age of 10, but the majority would be attached to a knight for training at age 14. A squire's training concentrated on strength, fitness and skill with various weapons. Individual training was only part of the routine, as knights also needed to know how to fight as part of a team of capable horsemen. The squire would be concerned for the knight's horse, clean the stables, polish the knight's armor and maintain his weapons. They would learn the chivalric codes of conduct. They would also listen stories of Charlemagne, Arthur, and Lancelot. After years of training, and usually around the age of 21, the squire would go through the dubbing ceremony. In the early middle Ages, this was simply done with a short, open-handed blow to the neck followed by a caution to conduct himself with courage, bravery, skill and loyalty. After the 11th century, the Church expanded this ceremony to incorporate seeds of religious chivalry needed to fight the Crusades-and promised in return, they would be guaranteed a place in heaven for their loyalty.
The dub ceremony became much more complex during the 11th and 12th centuries. Some would pray alone in church the night before the ceremony, wearing simple clothes to prove humility before God. The priest would bless his sword, and when presented, the new knight would kiss the hilt, which often contained religious remainder. Becoming a knight was a hard job but still you would get honor and respect from everybody and were guaranteed a place in heaven for what they had done.



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Post  JMertes on Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:03 am

This post is very interesting. All the trouble someone had to go through to become a knight. Its also amazing that woman had to go and work hard with the men to be a knight too. I would never imagine myself becoming a knight.

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Post  Talia A. on Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:15 pm

It's really interesting how there are also women knights, I thought it was only men. Working as a night must have been a very hard job, because not only do you have to work to get in the place of being one, you also have to fight battles when you are one. Good job.

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Post  Paola Rod on Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:56 am

Interesting! I did not know you could use women for this! Very Happy Becoming a night had to be hard work, not anyone could be a Knight!
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Post  Maria Jose on Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:59 am

Training to become a knight must have been really hard work. It required patience and a lot of responsibility.

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