At age seven, a nobleman's son began training for knighthood.
During this first step of training, boys were called pages.
As a page, a boy learned how to fight, how to use
weapons, and how to ride a horse into battle. He learned manners from
the nobleman's wife.
Like everyone, pages had a strict rule of conduct,
a certain way of behaving that they had to follow. The rules were very
detailed and very clear. Some of the rules were:
When you enter a lord's place, say, "Good
Speed" and with humble cheer, greet all who are present.
Do not rush in rudely, but enter with head up
and at an easy pace, and kneel on one knee only to your lord.
Make obeisance (bow) to your lord always when
you answer, otherwise stand as still as a stone until he speak.
At age 15, a page could become a squire. Each squire was assigned to a
knight. A knight could have several squires. The squire assisted the
knight to whom he was assigned. Squires continued to learn how to fight
and how to behave.
Once a squire proved himself in battle, and his knight felt he was
ready, he could become a knight himself. Squires were knighted in
All knights, like all people from all walks of life in the Middle Ages,
had to behave in a certain way. This way was called the Code of
Chivalry. The code said that all knights had to be brave in battle. They
had to keep their promises. They had to defend the church. They had to
treat noblewomen in a courteous manner. Over time, chivalry became the
basis of good manners in Western society.
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