Values Of The European Knight And The Japanese Samurai

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European Knight vs the Japanese Samurai

European Knights and Samurai of Japan have often been compared to one another. Upon comparison there are major differences is their armor, how drastically different ideas, philsosophies, culture, fighting styles, and weapons influence the design and progression of each technology. Values in each society share many of the same ideologies. For example, Knights honored a code called chivalry, and the Samurai honored the Bushido code. Common values shared by these codes include: honor, faith, and courage. Although Knights and Samurai shared similarities in terms of fighting styles and philosophies, they differed in terms of armour and weaponry. Samurai were the warriors class of Japan and were tasked with protecting nobles and landowners. The Japanese ideology of Bushido, “The way of the warrior”, defined the samurai class. Samurai were instilled with a deep sense of honor, loyalty, justice and courage to one’s self, family, and country. This sense honor
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The chivalry code that knights adhered to included, courage, hope, nobility, mercy, justice, and faithfulness. Although there were more characteristics involved in the code of a knight, the listed ideals are the most prevalent. Early knights primarily wore armour made of chainmail, that was worn all over the body, in addition to leather that acted as a padding. As weapon technology progressed so did the armour. Knights armour as we see them today were not always suited up as they actually were in reality. (See figure 3). The “knight in shining armour” (See figure 4) didn 't become a reality until the later medieval times. Armor that fully encased a warrior was nearly impenetrable. But the areas where a knight could not wear plated armour included regions around the neck, armpits, and groin. For this reason Knights still adorned chainmail in an attempt to protect these

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