Last Updated 12/7/2007
Code of Chivalry
Almost all nobles were knights.
The Code of Chivalry were rules knights were expected to follow.
A knight was to obey his lord.
A knight was expected to show bravery.
A knight was to respect women of noble birth.
A knight was to honor the church.
A knight was to help people.
A knight was to be honest and to fight fairly.
Western ideas of good manners developed from the Code of Chivalry.
At age 6-8, young noble began training to be a knight.
He was sent away to another lord for training.
He first became a page and helped learned to help knights.
He cared for his war-horses.
The page polished the knight's 80-pounds of armor by rolling it in a barrel of sand..
A page learned good manners.
A page ran errands for the ladies.
A page was taught to ride and fight.
At age 15, a page became a squire.
A squire was trained by one knight.
The squire went to battle with his knight.
He was expected to rescue the knight if he was wounded or fell off his horse.
If the squire was a good fighter he became a knight.
The knighting ceremony was called dubbing.
The squire knelt, promised to defend the Church, his lord, and the weak.
He was tapped on the shoulder and he was a knight.
Knights trained for war by fighting in tournaments.
Jousting was the most popular.
There were two types of jousts.
In a joust for fun or exercise, knights used lances with blunt tips.
In the other knights fought to the death.
The arms of the defeated knight belonged to the victor and could be ransomed.
Men and horses were killed in tournaments.
Equipment was damaged.
The noble giving the tournament had to feed many people.
Greenblatt, M. and Lemmo, P.S.; "Human Heritage." Glencoe McGraw-Hill, New York, New York 2001.
"Knights." Wikepedia On Line Encyclopedia. 7 Dec. 2007. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight.