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In Medieval Times A Knight was a mounted man-at-arms of medieval Europe He served a king or other feudal superior usually in return for the tenure of a tract of land but sometimes he served his lord for money The knight was generally a man of noble birth who had served in the lower ranks as page and squire before being ceremoniously inducted into knighthood by his superior At his induction the knight usually swore to be brave loyal and courteous and to protect the defenseless After the 15th century knighthood was conferred on civilians as a reward for public services A knight in armor would present a very strange appearance on a modern battlefield His prancing steed and metal coat of mail the heavy iron helmet that covered his head the shield that he carried on his left arm his lance and shining swordall of these belong to bygone days and have little place among the swift airplanes the rapid-shooting automatic weapons and the scorching flame-throwers of modern warfare Knighthood flourished before the time of guns and gunpowder when battles still were won by hand-to-hand conflicts of heavy-armored knights Even in peacetime knights looked for conflicts in which to engage Fighting was almost an everyday occurrence and the common people generally could not protect themselves against an invading foe In times of danger they fled to the castles or strongholds owned by the nobles To obtain protection the poorer folk became the serfs or villains of their powerful neighbors and those in turn were the vassals of those still more powerful The institution of knighthood In modern-day Britain knighthood is an honor conferred by the monarch on both men and women in recognition of outstanding personal merit The knight is usually created through appointment to an order of knighthood The title sir or dame is prefixed to his or her first name and initials standing for the order of knighthood follow the name For
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