The Middle Ages was a time of chivalry, romance, and darkness. For in the Middle Ages there was no such thing as a knight without chivalry. Chivalry was largely inspired by courteous behavior and codes of honor.
“Chivalry was a military order in the Middle Ages; the members called knights were pledged to the protection of the church and succor off all who were in distress or in anyway oppressed.” (Mills 153) Ideals of chivalry in the Middle Ages were Christian. They include ideals of service, of loyalty, of fearlessness in the cause of right, of integrity in word and deed, of courtesy and generosity, of consideration for those in need. Knights were not always faithful to their vows, they did not always live up to the highest ideals of chivalry, but ...view middle of the document...
He was a man of rank or service and generally possessing some independent means of support, but often relying mainly on the gratitude of those whom he served for the supply of his wants. (Martin 325)
At the same time, becoming a knight was not such an easy task. Nor could anyone become a knight. When boys of a noble bloodline reached the age of, seven they were sent to live in the castle of another lord. This usually was a close friend of family. There the boy then began his education as a page running errands and performing humble services for noblemen and ladies. Good manners, reading, writing, numbers, singing, dancing, and strumming the lute, reverence for God, how to use the sword, and how to ride a horse were taught as well. When the boy matured, he became an apprenticed to a knight and squire. Skills with the sword, lance, and shield were taught along with the duties and responsibilities of being a knight. They engaged in mock battles against each other and dummies. As squires grew older, they were expected to go into battle with their master and protect their master if he fell in battle. If the squire performed outstanding deeds on the battlefield, they were knighted at home by their lord when training was judged to be complete. Usually training was judged to be complete around the age of 18 and 21. During this time a knighting ceremony was set. The night before the ceremony, the squire would take a cleansing bath, fast, and make a confession. “ The knight would spend the whole nigh in the chapel praying to God for guidance in his journey as a knight.” (Knighthood 1)
The day of the ceremony the squire dressed in white and entered the crowded hall with his sword strung around his neck. The priest then blessed his sword, and the knight knelt before the lord. The lord asked the s