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The True Meaning of a Knight The Middle Ages were a time in which kings ruled over the people The knights protected the people as well as their king and his kingdom from opposing forces People think of the knights as honorable and courageous figures of their days Becoming a knight was a life long commitment Determination and hard work were key factors in the process Years of training and other duties to the people prepared them for knighthood Knights were an essential part of the medieval era in which their hard work and community involvement benefited the people of their time The word knight is derived from the Old English word cnight It was used to describe the earliest figures known as knights which were French mounted soldiers who came to England after Norman Conquest Rosenthal 348 There was no set eligibility in becoming a knight which meant that any man could be a knight Although a male could become a knight if he had a father that was a knight or of nobility Knights themselves acted as recruiting agents Rosenthal 348 The process of recruiting involved choosing testing and the arraying of available levies The next step was to clothe and equip those who were suitable The recruiting agents would then draw up contracts with kings for number and type of soldiers theyd provide The overseers of the contracts would sub-contract with the soldiers acquired and determine their rate of pay and benefits Turnbull 31 Lords hired some knights to perform household duties during times of peace In exchange the lords provided their armor During 1100 1300 most knights became vassals and received some land There was also a cost increase and only wealthy men could equip themselves Rosenthal 348 Training for those who were born into the role of knighthood began mainly at the age of seven From birth until the age of seven a boy would live with his family
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