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Chivalry the order of knighthood and especially the code of knightly behavior comes from many origins In Middle English the word chevalrie meant mounted horseman In Old french the word chevalrie meant knightliness or chevalier meaning knight Microft Encarta Almost all origins of the word meant horseman Warfare was not an option in the medieval period and the knight was the most crutial part The knights ability and the military strength of the lord or king were nessesary for their survival A knight was loyal to his king even though he was not always a member of his personal court He was also loyal to his lord or landowner Most of all he was loyal to God as all Christian knights were A Christian knight had virtues of fidelity piety loyalty and devotion to God However some knights did not live this ideal lifestyle Duby A young boy in training to be a knight spent the first few years of his life in care of the women in his family At the age of 7 years old a child of noble birth would be placed in the castle of a lord or govenor This is where the training for knighthood began As a page the boy would be tutored in Latin and French but he devoted most of his time to physical exersice and duties A page was educated in wrestling tilting with spears and military exercises that were done on horseback He was also taught dancing and playing of musical instruments in their leisure time As a page a boy was taught how to carve and serve food as a waiter and other services around the castle It was his duty to help the master of the castle in anyway needed These tasks were not hard labor but simply prepared him for what was yet to come Microsoft Bookshelf By the time a page was
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