FC: Knightly Training | Vamsi G.
1: Sir Lucan here. Becoming a knight was harder than it seemed. I had to go through rigorous training, tough battles, and much bloodshed. What was it like to go through knight's training? Here are the steps it took me to become a full-fledged knight in Medieval Times.
2: Having the Right Connections | Any free man could become a knight. However, training and equipping knights with the right weapons was expensive. Therefore, most knights came from wealthy families just as I did. The privileges to become a knight were passed down from father to son.
3: Upbringing | Before becoming a page at seven years old, I was brought up by my parents. I learned good manners and had to understand the importance of the knight, chivalry, and loyalty to his lord. I would play games pretending to be a knight, and I was given toys such as a wooden sword and helmet. I even attended many tournaments and heard stories of knightly deeds and combats.
4: The Page | At seven I became a page which officially started my knight training. I had to wait at a table, care for my Lord's clothes, and help him dress. I also served the ladies of the court or castle. I was given a uniform with the symbol of my Lord. I was taught religion, manners, riding, hunting, and hawking. I practiced tilting a lance to aim at a target. I used wooden swords and shields and learned skills of riding on horseback.
5: The Squire | In the Middle Ages, a squire was a knight's servant. I became a squire at fourteen years old. A squire would learn about Chivalry, the rules of Heraldry, and horsemanship. I practiced using weapons and skills required to become a knight. I soon entered the social life of a castle by learning courtly etiquette, jousting,music, and dancing. I served under a knight for seven years and would have been knighted at 21 years old. However, I was knighted early because I showed bravery on the battlefield.
6: Knighting Ceremony | After years of training and learning skills of combat and chivalry, I finally completed the steps to knighthood with the knighthood ceremony. The final part of the ceremony was completed when, "Arise, Sir Knight" was said or in my case, "Arise Sir Lucan." A knight would be knighted by a local knight, or if he was very fortunate, by a more powerful noble or even a king. I was knighted by King Arthur. The ceremony marked my final steps of becoming a knight.
7: Works Cited Alchin, L.K. “Steps to Knighthood.” The Middle Ages. N.p., 16 Nov. 2008. Web. 6 Apr. 2011.