Chivalry and Knighthood

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Chivalry, the order of knighthood, and especially, the code of knightly behavior,

comes from many origins. In Middle English, the word 'chevalrie' meant 'mounted

horseman'. In Old french, the word 'chevalrie' meant knightliness or 'chevalier'

meaning knight. (Microft, Encarta) Almost all origins of the word meant horseman.

Warfare was not an option in the medieval period and the knight was the most

crutial part. The knight's ability, and the military strength of the lord or king were

nessesary for their survival. A knight was loyal to his king even though he was not always

a member of his personal court. He was also loyal to his lord or landowner. Most of all,

he was loyal to God, as all Christian knights were. A Christian knight had virtues of

fidelity, piety, loyalty and devotion to God. However, some knights did not live this ideal

lifestyle. (Duby)

A young boy in training to be a knight spent the first few years of his life in care

of the women in his family.

At the age of 7 years old, a child of noble birth would be

placed in the castle of a lord or govenor. This is where the training for knighthood

began. As a page, the boy would be tutored in Latin and French, but he devoted most of

his time to physical exersice, and duties. A page was educated in wrestling, tilting with

spears, and military exercises that were done on horseback. He was also taught dancing

and playing of musical instruments in their leisure time. As a page, a boy was taught

how to carve and serve food as a waiter, and other services around the castle. It was his

duty to help the master of the castle in anyway needed. These tasks were not hard labor,

but simply...