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Fast Facts on Medieval Knights
The Medieval Times encompass one of the most exciting periods in the History of England and Europe. The dynasty of the Middle Ages include Kings and Queens such as King Henry VIII and his daughters

  • Fact 1 - Fighting on piggyback introduced the young knights to the balance and skills required in mounted combat

  • Fact 2 - The more common warhorses used by Knights were like modern hunters and known as Destriers
  • Fact 3 - Knights often wore ladies' "favors", generally a scarf, veil, or sleeve, when jousting
  • Fact 4 - Sometimes a knight would appear with no heraldic markings
  • Fact 5 - The decline in jousting started with the invention of the musket firearm in 1520
  • Fact 6 - Training took 7 years as a page and another 7 years as a Squire before becoming a Knight
  • Fact 7 - Knights met each other at combined speeds of 60 mph when jousting
  • Fact 8 - Lances were measured, so no one knight had a longer lance
  • Fact 9 - The word Squire is derived from the French words "Esquire, Escuyer" which originally meant 'shield bearer'
  • Fact 10 - The death-blow a knight gave to his mortally wounded opponent was called a Coup de Grace
  • Fact 11 - Pavilions were the name given to the bright, round medieval tents of alternating colors which housed the knights and their surgeons
  • Fact 12 - 'Dubbing' was a blow struck with the flat of the hand or the side of the sword and was regarded as an essential act of the knighting ceremony
  • Fact 13- At the end of the Knighthood ceremony a Knight could claim the title "Sir"
  • Fact 14 - A disgraced Knight had his spurs hacked off and his shield was hung upside down as a sign of dishonor
  • Fact 15 - Full Plate Armour was introduced during the 15th century weighing approximately 50 lbs
  • Fact 16 - Of the seventeen entries in the Knights Code of Chivalry, according to the Song of Roland, at least twelve relate to acts of chivalry as opposed to combat
  • Fact 17 - The Joust was an individual tournament event whereas the Melee was a team event
  • Fact 18 - A vassal or squire was employed by the Knight to act as his 'Kipper'. A Kipper was expected to collect the 'Spoils of Combat' during a tournament
  • Fact 19 - A grandstand, called a Berfrois, was built a full story above the level of the lists which housed the ladies and other noble spectators of jousting tournaments
  • Fact 20 - The Knight's warhorse was armored and trained to kill. These massive horses were called Destriers.
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