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Transition of a Page to a Squire to a Knight

Stages of Knighthood

 

becoming a knight takes many years of training and learning.  Click on any of the 6 pictures to the left to read about the stages of Knighthood.

 

Click here for a description of the youthful ages of a knight.

 

 

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Young Pages fencingIt all begins at the age of seven.  Usually the sons or grandsons of knights are the only ones privileged enough to even begin the training.  They are assigned to a particular knight who educates them in the art of using various knightly weapons.  Many different skills are utilized and drilled so that the boys can learn to handle the heavy equipment.  Hand-to-hand combat is the main method of fighting on the battlefield, therefore this is a skill that is emphasized from the very beginning.

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Young Page JoustingJousting is an important skill and technique that is extremely important to learn.  This is not just a skill that looks impressive when performed at tournaments in front of royalty, but can prove to save lives in battle.  Due to the weight of a knight's armor, if he is knocked off his horse he may be in serious trouble on the battle field.   In this picture the knight in training practices his approach on the mannequin hanging from the pole.

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Young knights are chivalrousKnighthood is not all about being brutal and violent.  Knights are also taught to be gentle, chivalrous and respectful towards the arts.  The women of the castle help teach young pages and squires how to act like gentlemen, while the men pass on their musical knowledge.  A knight needs to be noble and modest when courting a young woman by wooing her with beautiful music, intelligent literature and flowers.  This is seen here.

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Squire dresses knight in armorContinuing their education Pages learn the mechanics of full body armor by helping their knights get into armor.  By this time, the young boy is close to fourteen years old and is ready to learn some of the more detailed aspects of a knight's life.  A knight's armor is extremely heavy and made of steel, therefore the knight requires assistance.  Later, when the Page is older and promoted to a Squire, he is required to follow the knight into battle and assist him in every possible way.

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Page sleeping by his knightContinuing with his apprenticeship, the Squire sleeps by his master's bedside every night.  This instills a sense of loyality that is an important part of the Code of Chivalry.  Honor, respect and loyalty are qualities that all knights are expected to possess, and thus, need to be instilled at an early age so that they become a natural part of every day life.

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The Squire serves during dinnerOf all the characteristics that a knight in training is required to acquire, the most important one is obedience.  The Squire is ordered to perform many irrelevant tasks, such as serving his lords at meal-time and sleeping by the bedside of his master.  From this he becomes accustomed to taking orders from his superiors reguardless of the request.  This trait is something that continues to be instilled in soldiers during training routines to this day.  It ensures that the army is unified.  Eventually, the Squire will have all the knowledge and skills to be an asset to both the King's Royal Army and to the land on which he fights.

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