Medieval Knights

The legendary Medieval Knight fought on horse-back or on foot *Knights fought with maces, lances and vicious morning stars but their favourite weapon was the sword*

Knights spent their lives training for battle *When they were ready It was an honour to serve nobles and kings and display their families coat of arms!

Becoming a Knight

Becoming a Knight was a long process that started at around seven years of age, a page would become a Squire and a Squire would eventually becoming a knight in a dubbing ceremony around the age of 21. Read more about the Becoming a Knight >>

Famous Knights

Edward The Black Prince was one of the most famous Knights in medieval History

Tales of Famous Medieval Knights were told throughout medieval times, Some of the most Famous Medieval Knights of medieval times were King Arthur, Richard the Lion-heart and The Black Prince Read more about the Famous Knights >>

Knight Definition

What is the Definition of a Medieval Knight of the Middle Ages Read more about the Knight Definition >>

Knights and Castles

Medieval knights rushed to the entrance of castle

Medieval Knights had a close link to medieval castles due to the protection they offered to the Castle Lords, it os hard to think of a medieval knight without an image of a medieval castle coming to mind. Read more about the Knights and Castles >>

Knights Coat of Arms

Knights Coat of Arms

The use of knightly coat of arms using specific symbols on shields in early medieval times helped identify knights during battles Read more about the Knights Coat of Arms >>

Knights Code of Chivalry

The code of Chivalry for Knights was introduced around the 11th century, it was a code of conduct that knights adhered to during medieval times Read more about the Knights Code of Chivalry >>

Knights Jousting

The first jousting event took place in France in 1066. Each tournament had rules for the jousting and mêlée competition. Read more about the Knights Jousting >>

Knights Warhorse *Destrier

Powerful Medieval Knights WarHorse wearing a suit of armour

A medieval knights warhorse had to be brave and strong and were trained to fight by biting and kicking the enemy and it was a frightening presence on the battlefield. Read more about the Knights Warhorse *Destrier >>

Medieval Knight Shield

Collection of medieval Knights Shields

A medieval Knights shield was an essential piece of armoury for a medieval Knight, A medieval Knights shield was mainly used for defence but could also be used as a weapon. Read more about the Medieval Knight Shield >>

Medieval Knighthood

Dubbing Ceremony A Medieval Knight and Knighthood

Receiving a medieval knighthood was considered the highest honour and generally occurred during the Dubbing Ceremony Read more about the Medieval Knighthood >>

Medieval Knights *Feudalism

Medieval Knight and The Feudal system

Medieval Knights helped to enforce the feudal system in medieval times by providing the military force that was needed to keep the system in place. Read more about the Medieval Knights *Feudalism >>

Medieval Knights Armor

A knight's armor became a defining characteristic of Knights in battle, representing the military unit     Read more about the Medieval Knights Armor >>

Medieval Knights Clothing & Armour

Medieval Knights in their best clothing before the medieval king

Medieval Knights clothing displayed the colours, coat of arms and emblems which helped to distinguish a medieval knight from other knights Read more about the Medieval Knights Clothing & Armour >>

Medieval Knights Helmets

Knights wore helmets to protect their heads from fatal blows, Knights helmets were also designed in many cases to scare and intimidate a foe Read more about the Medieval Knights Helmets >>

Medieval Knights Heraldry

Heraldry was used as a way to identify knights and Lords families, usually a coat of arms and emblems identified important families in medieval times Read more about the Medieval Knights Heraldry >>

Medieval Knights History

Medieval Knights History

The history of Medieval knights has its roots in the ancient world but the actual phenomenon became popular during the middle and late medieval times Read more about the Medieval Knights History >>

Medieval Knights Sword

Knight Sword being drawn for battle

The Knight's Sword was more than just a weapon it represented prestige, honor, and chivalry. Read more about the Medieval Knights Sword >>

Medieval Knights Weapons

Medieval knights were the battle tank of medieval times, with a wide range of weapons Read more about the Medieval Knights Weapons >>

Medieval Page Boy

A Page Boy would train to be a Squire under the guidance of knights and noblemen around the age of just seven years old as part of their training Read more about the Medieval Page Boy >>

Medieval Squire

MedievalSquire Getting Medieval Knight Ready For Battle

Medieval Squires started their training around 14 years of age and knighted in a dubbing ceremony around 21 years of age! Read more about the Medieval Squire >>

Medieval Tournaments

Medieval tournaments were the glittering social events of the medieval calender, it comprised of a mêlée mock battle and a jousting competition which was usually the main event. Read more about the Medieval Tournaments >>

Top 10 Medieval Knights

Learn about the Top 10 Most Important Knights of the Middle Ages Read more about the Top 10 Medieval Knights >>

Medieval Knights in Early Medieval Times

During the 12th century, knighthood was closely associated with horsemanship and later during the 15th century, it was fashionable and gave high status amongst highest nobility.


It wasn’t until the 12th century when knighthood became more of a social rank providing a distinction between non-noble cavalrymen (milites gregarii) and the true knights (milites nobiles)!

Becoming a knight did not happen overnight, It usually involved a lengthy process of training and exploits that involved the mastery of many weapons. In the late middle ages, knighthood was commonly associated with a code of conduct and chivalry.

The Life of a Medieval Knight

Becoming a medieval knight was a long process. Mostly, sons of noble men were taken from their homes at the early age of seven to start their training. They started out as a page and later become squires before eventually becoming knights.

Medieval Squire & Knight

A medieval Squire was taken under the wing of a medieval knight

Medieval knights practiced their skills during tournaments and in various forms of combats including Jousting, hand to hand combat with the use of swords and other weapons, as well as archery.

The medieval period was characterized by stories about Feudalism and medieval knights who fought and served their Lords according to the Code of Chivalry. Knights were also expected to guard castles and support their liege Lords in times of war.

Code of Chivalry document

The Code of Chivalry for Knights in medieval times

Training to be a Medieval Knight

Medieval Knights spent years training. They rode horses and mastered the use of a wide variety of weapons. Medieval knights also learned to read, write and speak different languages such as Latin and French and learned the rules of chivalry, honorable behavior and even dancing.

Medieval Squire and Knights Sword

It was the duty of the medieval squire to look after the sword and equipment of a medieval knight

At the age of around seven years they trained to become a page, at the age of around 16 years, they become squires working for another knight and effectively apprentices to the Knight, they tended the knight’s horse, cleaned his weapons and even served his meals.

If the squire was worthy of becoming a knight and had passed all his year of training, they would go through what was called a dubbing ceremony where the squire would kneel before the lord of the manor , this was called a dubbing ceremony and the Lord would tap the squires shoulders with a sword as he was proclaimed a knight.

Medieval Squire becoming a Knight

After years of hard work and military training a squire was pronounced a knight in a dubbing ceremony


Knights Horse – Destrier

Medieval Knights’ Favorite Weapons

  • The Knights’ favorite weapon was the Sword
  • Medieval swords weighed about 2 to 3 pounds
  • Knights had secondary weapons such as the medieval Falchions and Pole-axes as well as their armor and shields

Knights Armor Facts

  • A medieval knight’s full suit of plate armor was extremely expensive as it was made of full metal.
  • Armour was usually tailor-made and fitted for the knight as the knight could be at risk if the armor did not fit very well
  • Before the era of full plate armor chain mail and then chainmail and iron plates, designed for battle were commonly used
  • Knights commonly wore thick padding underneath to help ease painful effects of wearing heavy metal armor
Knights weapons sword

Knights holding favourite weapon a sword and shield

Knight Armor Advantages

  • It provided protection on the battlefield
  • Armour helped prevent weapons from penetrating the body
  • It was a status symbol that distinguished knights
  • Armor with a familiar crest identified knights of the same unit
Medieval Knights History

Medieval Knight’s History a Knight from the Norman Period

Knight Armor Disadvantages

  • Knight armor was heavy to wear, a complete suit of plate armor of tempered steel would weigh around *33–55 lb (15–25 kg)
  • Most knight armors were hot and stuffy for the wearer!
  • It was hard to breathe inside a Knights Helmet 🙁
  • It was also hard to see out of some helmets small slits
  • Hearing could be difficult when wearing a helmet
  • Maneuverability could be restricted or at least reduced

What led to the demise of the Medieval Knight?

  • New powerful weapons such as the arbalest were invented that could easily penetrate the Knights armor!
  • Gunpowder weapons such as cannons and rifles were invented that could easily defeat an army of knights!
The White Knight

According to legends, the White Knight was one of the most important knights among the Knights of the Round Table.

Fun Knight Facts:

  • Jousting Knights would reach a speed of around 30 mph as they raced down the track
  • Fighting on piggyback introduced young knights to balancing and mounted combat skills.
  • A knight is called a “Sir" at the end of the knighthood dubbing ceremony.
  • Full-plated suit of armor was introduced during the 15th century.
  • Knight’s warhorses ‘Destrier’ were armored and also trained to kill.
  • Knights were bound to a code of conduct or code of chivalry.
  • Knights wore chain mail instead of full metal armor in early medieval times.

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