It was the duty of a Medieval Knight to learn how to fight and so
serve their liege Lord according to the Code of Chivalry. But this was
an extremely violent era in European and English history. Weapon
practise included enhancing skills in the two-handed sword,
battle axe, mace, dagger and lance. A Knight would be expected
to guard a Castle and support his liege lord in Medieval warfare. Details of the life of
knights in a castle, together with castle warfare, are covered in the
section about Medieval
Knights in Medieval Times
To gain Knighthood in Medieval Times was a long and arduous task.
Knighthood was not bestowed purely because a young man was the son of a
noble. There were many steps to achieving a knighthood, requiring years
of training. The steps towards achieving a knighthood started with
training as a page and then as a squire, also referred to as esquire.
The sons of Nobles, except those who were destined to take Holy
Orders, were placed in the service of the great Lords of the land. These
sons of the Medieval nobles were sent to live in the castle of their
liege lord and commence their education as a Knight and learn the skills required as
a Medieval Knight.