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In Medieval Times, A Knight was a mounted man-at-arms of medieval Europe. He served a king
or other feudal superior, usually in return for the tenure of a tract of land, but sometimes he served his
lord for money. The knight was generally a man of noble birth who had served in the lower ranks as page
and squire before being ceremoniously inducted into knighthood by his superior. At his induction the
knight usually swore to be brave, loyal, and courteous and to protect the defenseless. After the 15th
century, knighthood was conferred on civilians as a reward for public services.
A knight in armor would present a very strange appearance on a modern battlefield. His prancing
steed and metal coat of mail, the heavy iron helmet that covered his head, the shield that he carried on his
left arm, his lance and shining sword-all of these belong to bygone days and have little place among the
swift airplanes, the rapid-shooting automatic weapons, and the scorching flame-throwers of modern
warfare. Knighthood flourished before the time of guns and gunpowder when battles still were won by
hand-to-hand conflicts of heavy-armored knights. Even in peacetime knights looked for conflicts in which
to engage. Fighting was almost an everyday occurrence, and the common people generally could not
protect themselves against an invading foe. In times of danger they fled to the castles or strongholds
owned by the nobles. To obtain protection the poorer folk became the serfs or villains of their powerful
neighbors, and those in turn were the vassals of those still more powerful. The institution of knighthood
In modern-day Britain, knighthood is an honor conferred by the monarch on both men and women in
recognition of outstanding personal merit. The knight is usually created through appointment to an
order of knighthood. The title sir or dame is prefixed to his or herfirst name