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What did knights do?

Knights fighting with swordsKnights were fighting men of the Middle Ages. They were ranked lower than nobility, but higher than merchants. A knight served a king or lord, promising his loyalty at all times. In return, he received land. He underwent many years of training to learn fighting skills. He was expected to follow a code of chivalry. When not fighting wars, knights took part in tournaments, where jousting contests were held.



A knight on horseback

Chivalry

Knights were “gentlemen soldiers”. The first knights were soldiers who rode into battle on horseback rather than on foot. This gave them the advantage of speed.

A full hauberk, a knight's chainmail coat, might be made of 30,000 rings. A full suit, including mail leggings and mittens, was extremely heavy, weighing up to 30 kilograms (nearly 70 pounds).

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