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  • They Showed Off In Tournaments on Random Deaitls About Life of A Knight During Medieval Times

    (#8) They Showed Off In Tournaments

    To practice and hone their skills without going into battle, as well as earn public kudos and prize money, knights participated in tournaments. Though knights did engage in jousting at these sporting spectacles, the first tournaments featured melees.

    In a melee, groups of armed horsemen duked it out in mock battles. Jousting, in which two armed horsemen tried to topple each other off horses, overtook the melee in the 15th century. Tournaments turned into glorified equestrian displays called carousels.

    These tournaments were open exclusively to noblemen, and it was a great honor to participate in them.

  • Men Became Knights When They Turned 21 on Random Deaitls About Life of A Knight During Medieval Times

    (#10) Men Became Knights When They Turned 21

    People in medieval times struggled to reach 30 years old, but even still, most boys didn't become knights until they turned 21. Starting at 7 years old, future knights trained constantly to develop into stronger and more capable warriors.

    They learned horseback riding, archery, and swordsmanship until they were proficient enough to achieve knighthood. In time, they went through a "dubbing ceremony" and pledged themselves to a particular lord.

  • Meals Were Mostly Meat on Random Deaitls About Life of A Knight During Medieval Times

    (#3) Meals Were Mostly Meat

    Modern science has made us aware of our food's nutritional value, but people in the Middle Ages didn't know much about what they ate. Their diets consisted primarily of meat and bread, in part because they liked it, but also because they thought that vegetables were poisonous.

    Meat was expensive for the common person, so knights likely had more access to meat products than the average serf did. They then had to determine if the meat they bought from the market was safe to eat.

  • Minstrels Entertained Them At Night on Random Deaitls About Life of A Knight During Medieval Times

    (#11) Minstrels Entertained Them At Night

    Evenings were often a communal time, and knights and noblemen needed a way to entertain themselves in the evenings. On most nights during or immediately after dinner, a minstrel came around to tell stories or play songs. On evenings without entertainment, the men spent time together conversing.

  • They Only Worked About 40 Days A Year on Random Deaitls About Life of A Knight During Medieval Times

    (#7) They Only Worked About 40 Days A Year

    Though knighthood was a full-time job, knights generally worked only 40 days a year. As glorified mercenaries for their lords, they had to be ready to do battle or help escort their boss on trips, but sometimes those duties were quick and effortless.

    So knights had plenty of opportunities throughout the year to train, enter tournaments, hunt, and court women. Eventually, the supply of knights dwindled, and the ones who remained needed to work more — but it took a few hundred years to reach this point.

  • Their Armor Was A Hindrance on Random Deaitls About Life of A Knight During Medieval Times

    (#9) Their Armor Was A Hindrance

    Medieval knight armor might appear imposing, but there's a reason to believe it wasn't particularly useful. It was good at deflecting arrows, but most full-body armors were 66 to 110 pounds, which significantly weighed down the knights and affected their abilities to move and fight.

    Historians and researchers believe some armies in the 14th and 15th centuries might have won several major battles if only they had used less armor. The lack of weight could have made the knights faster, less tired, and more capable of running circles around other lumbering knights. By the 16th century, most soldiers had traded in their heavy armor for something more mobile.

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Knight originally refers to the cavalry who received formal military training in the Middle Ages in Europe, and later became a social class. The identity of the knight is often not inherited. In the Middle Ages, the knight served in the army of the lord and obtained a fief. Both kings and nobles need soldiers who have an overwhelming advantage in war. For this reason, they will cultivate some brave and strong knights.

The use of advanced weapons, the application of new tactics, and other factors have led to the gradual decline of traditional knights, but in many countries and regions, the title of knights still remains. The random tool brings us back to the Middle Ages to see the real-life of a knight.

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