What was a Knight? A knight was a special
warrior. Most knights were of noble birth. You
didn't have to be a noble to become a knight, but it was a lot easier
since you needed money to get the training and to buy the armor.
But anyone who proved themselves in battle could be knighted. A
knight pledged loyalty to their liege lord,
promised to be brave in battle and protect the church and those weaker
than themselves, and to be courteous to
How did one get to be
a knight? It was not easy. You
started off by becoming a page. A noble's
son could start training to be a knight when he was seven years old. Nobles'
sons had to train with weapons of
course, but they also had to learn how to ride a horse, how to behave
towards their liege lords and ladies, and even about music and the other
arts. It was just like going to school, only their teachers were the
squires. Once they reached a certain point in their
training, they would be appointed as a squire.
squire, who was generally a teenager, had a
different set of duties. They had to teach the pages of course,
but they also had to wait on the knights. They continued their
training in battle, but also were assigned to a specific knight who
completed their training. As a squire you went into battle with
the knight and fought at his side. This was where you proved if
you had the ability to be a knight. Once you had proved your
ability, you were made a knight in a very formal ceremony.
pages, squires and knights had to follow an elaborate code of
conduct. This was called Chivalry.
Knight! I Challenge you to a joust! (Shockwave)
Word (PBS, shockwave)
Warriors Game (interactive)
Knight in the Night
- Create a Coat of Arms, play games
Costumes: Knights (coloring)
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Online Games for the Middle Ages
Middle Ages Clipart for Kids & Teachers
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