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Knights at their time were the first and foremost warriors whose heyday was the late Middle Ages dominating the medieval battlefields during the Twelfth and Fourteenth centuries Knights fought from horseback wore covering armor and used numerous top-of-the-line weapons at that time Other than fighting Knights had somewhat of a home life and families Corrick 8 The English word Knight comes from an Anglo-Saxon word for servant Although some Knights came from aristocratic families most early knights were freeborn peasants The prospects of a Knight were to get married to a wealthy heiress inherit a large piece of land and to serve a noble as a high official Hull Knights were professional soldiers who were paid for their duties at a price and they were expected to work for at least 40 days out of the entire year Wiliams 46 James Corrick an author of many Knightly books declared that in order for a boy to grow to be a Knight he must dedicate his entire life to the training and hardships of fighting for his king There are three stages to becoming a knight and these stages include a Page childhood through seven years old a Squire seven through 14 years old and finally a Knight 14 to life Corrick 29-33 There was many rules a Knight had to abide by and he had to vow loyalty to the King and his fellow Knights At a premature age the Knight was trained and taught by his mother and the other women of the household Of these teachings the women taught the young Knight how to write weave wash and most importantly manners Although the women were training the boy since childhood his first Knightly preparation came when he received a pony on his fourth or fifth birthday He was forced to take excellent care of his pony and learn to ride it all on his own At this point in his life the
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