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posted 04-16-2001 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CastleChic     Edit/Delete Message
I AM IN 6TH GRADE I AM !! YEARS OLD!HOw did men and women become knights in the middle ages???what were the steps or goals you had to accomplish??was there like academys or anything?:P:O


Erik Schmidt
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posted 04-17-2001 01:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Erik Schmidt   Click Here to Email Erik Schmidt     Edit/Delete Message
Hi CastleChic,
I don't know if there is anyone here well placed to answer that question for you. Try the armour archive at:

There a quite a few people there who know plenty about knights and knighthood and can give you a good answer.


posted 04-17-2001 03:13 AM           Edit/Delete Message
For an explanation on armour,
and knighthood



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Visit my web site at

[This message has been edited by Gordon (edited 04-17-2001).]

posted 05-02-2001 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for edefrain   Click Here to Email edefrain     Edit/Delete Message
Dear CastleChic,
I have become a pretty big medieval nut over the past few years, and plan to have my wedding in a medieval style (castle, clothes, swords, horses, etc.)
So, I hope, because of all the research I have done for my wedding, that I may be able to help you with your question.

In response to your question regarding knights, and how they get to that status, I have found a website, in which I have reviewed and have found to be pretty accurate. Please visit: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/1567/knighthood.html
This gives a pretty good explanation of what the course of events are in becoming a knight.

I hope this helps, and please feel free to contact me with any other questions.

Elizabeth =)

If anyone can give me information on Medieval weddings, garb, etc. or movies, please contact me at edefrain@saqqara.com.
Thanks =)

posted 05-02-2001 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for edefrain   Click Here to Email edefrain     Edit/Delete Message
Women really never were alowed to become knights, except maybe in VERY few circumstances. 1 or 2 over the whole course of history.

Elizabeth =)

posted 05-02-2001 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for edefrain   Click Here to Email edefrain     Edit/Delete Message
One more:

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posted 05-09-2001 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for deborahknowles   Click Here to Email deborahknowles     Edit/Delete Message
The vast majority of men who became knights were born into it ie having dads who were knights.They were trained from the age 7 to approx age 21 (sometimes younger)in horsemanship and the art of combat, jousting etc. Becoming a knight was extremely costly, the knight's horse alone costing the same as a small plane today. Some never made it and stayed squires all their lives.


Serion de Burci
posted 05-13-2001 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Serion de Burci   Click Here to Email Serion de Burci     Edit/Delete Message
You may find www.chronique.com very helpful in your search for info. on knights and knighthood. It has a great glossary of terms as well.


Serion de Burci


posted 06-23-2001 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KnightsHonor   Click Here to Email KnightsHonor     Edit/Delete Message
The only woman knight I can only think of was Joan of Ark. and as far as I know she was never actualy knighted.

In retrospect I think medieval history would have been very interesting had woman been alowed to become knights.

posted 06-24-2001 01:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
Don't take women right out of this subject:
They may not have been Knights, but they didn't lag behind their men when it came to a fight.
There are many instances throughout history where wifes\mothers etc. have been left in charge of a castle whilst the Lord was elsewhere.
Can you forget the Wars of Stephen & Maud. Maud certainly didn't lead from the back.
So I think history has certainly had the stamp of women fighters & leaders. They may not have been Knights. But as a man once said "What's in a name ? "

posted 06-24-2001 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KnightsHonor   Click Here to Email KnightsHonor     Edit/Delete Message
Quite true.

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posted 08-17-2001 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Radella     Edit/Delete Message
I am in 6th grade too and I know how hard it can be. Here is the ranks, plain and simple.
Usaully, a young noble (ten years old often enough) would go to an uncle or another full knight relation as a page for four years. After that, he was a squire for around four years. After that he was a fulll knight. Also, minor knights (not royalty or heirs to a fife) could get common squires to help them with their gear though the squires would never be knighted. A cool book that is also fantasy are the Tamora Pierce Books (Tortall) I hope this helps you!

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