The Importance Of Knights

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Nowadays, we think of knights being great soldiers and good people, but this is not the case, as they were arrogant jerks that would not listen to commands given to them. Knights were well trained, highly experienced warriors of the feudal system. Feudalism was a very effective system that fit the needs of all classes during the middle ages. Knights are the men that fight for the feudal system and were born by its many oaths and agreements. Feudalism was an effective system that met the needs of the people and knights led a large part in this system. Knights had a tough life, from training to going out and fighting. Knights had a rough childhood of serving and training alongside his master. They were very well respected and spent many years …show more content…
There were many handheld weapons that knights, effectively used. During the eleventh century, there were many weapons and many enemies. Knights preferred to use a sword, this is the all time favorite weapon of a knight. On horseback, they did often use a lance though. Archers often used wooden bows like longbows but did use crossbows as well. Vikings, on the other hand, used axes (Gravett 6-7). During the twelfth and thirteenth century longbows and crossbows started to become more popular (Gravett 8-9). There were many different types of arrow types for archers to use (English Weapons 88). Along with these, maces and clubs became more popular (Gravett 8-9). The fourteenth century lead the way to daggers. These weapons became increasingly popular during this time. Steal headed maces started to appear as well. Longbows were more popular among archers, but even though a crossbow shoots slower, it is more powerful (Gravett 8-9). Nearing the end of the fourteenth century, handheld guns were starting to be made. There were some that were eighteen inches long that seemed like cannons. During the fifteenth century, short and long bladed swords, all became more popular. Along with these, a staff like weapon started to appear, this deadly weapon was very customizable and dangerous (Gravett 12-13). Knights wore armor to protect themselves, and the armour …show more content…
Serfs had to give up their lives to a feudal contract, and so they had to give a lot. Serfs had to give up their freedom and other things in order to have a place to live in a manner. Along with their freedom, serfs had to give up a portion of their annual harvest to their lords. These claims were inherited by the serfs children (Goucher, LeGuin, Walton 3). The serf had to stay under the vassals protection. They also had to pay many taxes. The serfs had to pay rent and taxes for almost anything. This goes from marriage to death, there is a tax for almost anything important (Goucher, LeGuin, Walton 7). Serfs also had to give the landowner, priests, and steward a portion of their harvest. These serfs had to also give gifts to the landowner on special occasions. Serfs were also obliged to do other tasks as well. This includes fetching firewood, running errands, and ect (Goucher, LeGuin, Walton 8). Along with losing so much the serf also gains things as well. The serf may have given so much, but it isn’t easy for their lord either. The landowner had to have the right amount of land for the serf to use. The landowner, after being satisfied, must give the serf back a portion of his or her harvest. At times of death, the lord may offer aid to the family of the dying one, or aid the serf for his or her last few minutes.The most important one was that the lord offered protection to the serf.

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