Knights were one of three fighting men during the middle ages, the other two being foot soldiers and archers. Knights were considered the wealthiest because they had to buy their armor, weapons, and horse. A man could become a knight if he was a noble’s son or during a courageous act during a battle. These four contemporary toy knights, made in England, represent figures fighting during the Crusades, a series of wars in the Middle East, which started in 1095 A.D. During the Crusades, a code of conduct, or chivalry, was expected for knights to follow. Though rarely followed by the knights, and contrary to popular literature, chivalry was the protection of the poor, women and children, and the defense of the church and obedience to the King.
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Knights and knighthood
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