Medieval knights were one of the most respected and admired group and still is to this day. But how much do we know for them? To whom did they were royal? How easy was it for an ordinary man to become a knight? What’s up with the crusades? Be sure that you’ll learn all of this now!
20. Only For The Rich
You most like think of a knight on the horse with the sword, armor, and shield and that is for the most part what really was happening. What you may not know is that all these things costed fortunes in the middle ages and they were only for the people who could afford to buy all these equipment on their own.
19. Contact With The King
Medieval knights enjoyed many benefits that came with their title. Most renewably notably, knights were rewarded with big pieces of land that the king offered to them with only one thing in exchange. The knights had all the rights to their given property as long as they could get up and fight for their king when he asked them to!
18. What Happened With The Horses?
Medieval knights didn’t use ordinary horses during their missions. Warhorses were bred only to be used in battle and they were rarely if not never seen in any other side of the knight’s life. You’d never see a knight parade with his warhorse!
17. Myth Or Fact?
One of the most known and famous knights is King Arthur. He’s been featured in countless movies and TV shows… but did he actually exist? No one knows… It is believed that King Arthur lived during the fifth or sixth century and commanded the British troops against the Saxons.
16. How Could You Become A Knight
The truth is that if you were born into a family of knights then you had significant advantages and a greater chance of ever becoming one. But if you were born in an ordinary family you had to prove yourself in battle and earn the title with your honor!
15. Hard Work
To acquire the title of knight outside of the battlefield you had to do a lot of work and constantly proving that you were deserving the title. Even kids that came from a family of knights had to do the process of serving as a page for 7 years and then as a squire for 7 more years!
14. Rebel From Scotland
If you’ve ever seen “Braveheart” starring Mel Gibson then you know what the rebel from Scotland also known as William Wallace is referring to. The scot was most probably alive between 1270 and 1307 and he managed to establish a reputation very quickly. One of his most significant achievements is that he helped the rebels win a big battle against the Brits at Stirling bridge.
13. A True Knight
William Wallace though was defeated the next year at Falkirk and he was forced to hide from his capturers. Ultimately he was found at 1306 and was charged with treason! He never surrendered as a true knight he was though!
12. The Swords
If you think about this closely you can surely make a connection between the church and knighthood. Indeed the church had a heavy influence in kingdoms and knighthood and this can be proven by the swords that most knights were using. The shape of the sword, after all, can be interpreted as a big cross. Later knights started using other types of weapons like maces and spears.
11. Catholic Church
Knights didn’t always have the support of the Catholic Church. For example, The Knights Templar had their headquarters on Temple Mount in Jerusalem and they were funded by ruler Baldwin II. Only after they changed their name and vowed allegiance to the Catholic Church that they received its support.
10. Giving Them Freedom
After receiving Pope’s approval it took the nights 10 years to be allowed to set their own rules. They were allowed to no pay taxes but only take an oath to serve the Pope and no one else. They took other oaths as well like chastity and promise to pay every day.
9. Immense Power
The Knight’s Templar was also a very powerful military unit. Once it fought a battle against 25,000 Muslim soldiers in Montgisard that they were vastly outnumbered and still managed to triumph!
8. Ending Up In France
The Knights Templar was ultimately kicked out of Jerusalem in the late 12th century and most of them ended up in Paris where they were tortured and treated in very harsh conditions. Some escaped underground and some left the country seeking asylum. Even the Pope agrees that the treatment of that the knights had in France was not fair.
7. Knights Hospitaller
Knights Hospitaler were related to Templars used to defend poor and vulnerable pilgrims during the Crusades. They’re the famous nights with the red cross on their clothes. Most of them ended up in Malta and in the Greek island of Rhodes after the crusades!
6. Teutonic Knights
Teutonic knights were of German origin and tried to gain back the lost territory of Prussia. They managed to win some battles but soon they faced a harsh defeat by the polish!
5. John Hawkwood
John Hawkwood, a knight that fought for the Brits and acquired his title during the Hundred Years’ War. He was the leader of the White Company that was known to be willing to fight for anyone that placed the biggest bid.
4. El Cid
El Cid was a Spanish knight that lived from 1043 to 1099. He was the leader between the movement against Islamic rulers of Spain but it is allegedly told that he was corrupted and sometimes fought for them. Not all knights were of French and British origins!
3. Russian Knights
There were also Russian knights like Alexander Nevsky who most like lived between 1200 and 1270. He was the Prince of Novgorod but he switched sides after Swedes invaded on the Neva River.
Chivalry was just another order of knights that resembles a lot to modern-day military regarding hierarchy and order following. They reached their highest level in the UK under the orders of King Edward III.
1. Female Knights?
Not all knights were men and most of the times female knights could easily win in a duel against their male opponent. Knights came in couples too! Countess Petronella teamed up with her husband Henry II to fight against the French!