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Knights have always known to men of great honor and prestige but that so not how it always was In Medieval times a their were many developments Knights and knighthood In which Knights came from petty servant and soldiers to leaders and royalty in their own Even though knights exist today it is nothing of what it was back hundreds of years ago in the medieval times The word knight comes from the Old English word cnight which means a household retainer English people used the word to describe French mounted soldiers who first came to England after the Norman conquest of 1066 These knights were merely warriors equipped and trained to fight on horseback Knighthood carried no social distinction and any man could be a knight Many lords had knights who performed household duties in peacetime and fought in time of war The lord provided armor and horses for his knights and the knight repaid him with his loyalty Between 1100 and 1300 most knights became servants to lords or vassals and received some land As the cost of armor and a war horse increased only wealthy men could equip themselves to fight as knights Thus the knights became a class divided from the rest of the community Knights became a mark of honor and distinction Any man could be made a knight but most new knights had fathers who were knights or who belonged to the nobility The age of knights and knighthood is often called the age of chivalry The word chivalry comes from the Old French word chevalerie meaning horse soldiery But the term came to mean the code of behavior and ethics that knights were to follow In medieval times knights were known as men of honor and had an important role in society Lancelots Castle In the Middle Ages a young boy in training to be a knight spent the first years of his life chiefly in the care
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