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Becoming a Knight During the middle ages in order to become a knight one had to go through many years of training A knight-to-be spent at least fourteen years of his life learning the proper conduct and etiquette of knighthood Once the years of training were completed often an elaborate ceremony took place when the gentleman was knighted Once knighted the man had to live by the code of chivalry This code had the basic guidelines of a knights behavior This code was so respected that abiding by it brought honor and respect from others The education of a knight began at the age of seven This was when a boy was taken from his home and sent to the castle of a famous noble perhaps his fathers lord Here he served the lord and the lady as a page until he was fourteen years old One of the many duties of a page was to accompany the lord and lady at all times He also waited on them during meals and went with them on various affairs doing whatever was asked of him As a page he received religious instruction from the chaplain The squires taught the page fighting skills and gave him training in arms The mistress and her ladies taught the page to honor and protect all women He also learned to sing and to play the lute in order to hunt and hawk The most important thing that he learned during the seven years as a page was how to care for and ride a horse This was a skill that was essential when becoming a knight because a horse was his primary mode of transportation At the age of fourteen the page became a squire and at the same time was formally assigned to a knight He now learned to handle a sword lance and
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