Medieval Europe

 

QUESTION:

How did one become a Knight and what responsibilities did he have?
NOTES: (5Ws & H)

Who

  • Knights were the medieval soldiers that were suited in armor and had a mount

What

  • A knight’s responsibility was to be loyal to the king and the church, and to protect the helpless
  • Being a knight was said to be a way of life. Knights lived by the code called the chivalry which means horse in french.
  • They performed acts of gallantry towards women so they can get respect
  • Knights do jousting, which is when two knights on mounted horses toward each other with their jousts extended. The goal is to knock one of the knights off their mount. This was held as a sport event

When

Where

Why

How

  • You can become a knight starting as a little boy as a page or a servant. When you are at the age of 7, you will go the the castle and learn how to mount a horse and they also got religious instructions from priests.
  • The page will have to spend a lot of time with the ladies in the castle. He is expected to help and take care of them and the ladies to teach him how to sing, dance, and play the harp.
  • After 7 years as a page, you will become a squire. You will have to spend most of your time with the knight and you will have to polish their armour, sword, and shield. You will also have to take care of the knight’s horse and wait for them during mealtime, carry water for washing hands and refilling the knights cup when it is empty.
  • You will also learn how to use weapons like maces, swords, and lances. When the knight go to battle, you are expected to go to battle with the knight even if it concerns you life.  
  • If you make it to your 20’s you will become a knight if you deserve the honor. Becoming a knight requires a very religious ceremony. You are required to make prayers the night after the knighting ceremony. Then you have to bath and wear a white tunic to show your purity. Then the king will knight you by touching his sword lightly on your shoulders and you officially become a knight.
  • If a squire performed well in battle, he would be knighted on the spot.

  
START SUMMARY…
TOPIC SENTENCE:

Becoming a knight is a life’s work and knights have a big responsibility to do  
MAIN IDEA #1:

Becoming a knight is a life’s work. It requires a lot of patience and determination.  
SUPPORTING DETAILS:

  • you can become a knight starting as a little boy as a page or a servant. When you are at the age of 7, you will go the the castle and learn how to mount a horse and they also got religious instructions from priests.
  • The page will have to spend a lot of time with the ladies in the castle. He is expected to help and take care of them and the ladies to teach him how to sing, dance, and play the harp.
  • After 7 years as a page, you will become a squire. You will have to spend most of your time with the knight and you will have to polish their armour, sword, and shield. You will also have to take care of the knight’s horse and wait for them during mealtime, carry water for washing hands and refilling the knights cup when it is empty.
  • You will also learn how to use weapons like maces, swords, and lances. When the knight go to battle, you are expected to go to battle with the knight even if it concerns you life.  
  • If you make it to your 20’s you will become a knight if you deserve the honor. Becoming a knight requires a very religious ceremony. You are required to make prayers the night after the knighting ceremony. Then you have to bath and wear a white tunic to show your purity. Then the king will knight you by touching his sword lightly on your shoulders and you officially become a knight.

MAIN IDEA #2

A knight has many responsibilities to do
SUPPORTING DETAILS:

  • A knight’s responsibility was to be loyal to the king and the church, and to protect the helpless
  • Being a knight was said to be a way of life. Knights lived by the code called the chivalry which means horse in french.
  • They performed acts of gallantry towards women so they can get respect
  • Knights do jousting, which is when two knights on mounted horses toward each other with their jousts extended. The goal is to knock one of the knights off their mount. This was held as a sport event

MAIN IDEA #3:

Ceremony for becoming a Knight
SUPPORTING DETAILS:

  • If you make it to your 20’s you will become a knight if you deserve the honor. Becoming a knight requires a very religious ceremony. You are required to make prayers the night after the knighting ceremony. Then you have to bath and wear a white tunic to show your purity. Then the king will knight you by touching his sword lightly on your shoulders and you officially become a knight.
  • If a squire performed well in battle, he would be knighted on the spot.

WRAP UP:

A being a knight was a very important job to do and becoming one is very hard, but a knight was an honorable soldier to remember

 

IMAGE# 1 & CITATION BELOW IT

Chivalry in the Middle Ages. A knight paying homage to his lord. Cavalier War Military Europe Nineteenth century Trade Card Chromolithograph. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

quest.eb.com/search/300_2291806/1/300_2291806/cite. Accessed 7 Feb 2017.