The World of the Medieval Knight

The World of the Medieval Knight

A Vivid Exploration of the Origins, Rise and Fall of the Noble Order of Knighthood, Illustrated With Over 220 Fine-art Paintings and Photographs

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Mounted on a powerful warhorse, protected by a shield bearing a heraldic coat of arms, and armed with formidable weaponry, the physical appearance of a medieval knight was an imposing sight. As a rigorously trained mounted warrior, and when joined by his peers in a might cavalry charge, a knight was able to plough his way through entire ranks of foot soldiers in a pitched battle. A knight's power and influence stretched far beyond the battlefield, however, with his noble birth, oaths of allegiance, and fearsome reputation, he played an integral role in the medieval feudal system. This book travels back in time to the intriguing middle ages, one of the most violent and turbulent periods in English history, to explore the world of a medieval knight. Delving into the origins of knighthood, the book reveals the long and arduous training and education that noble born sons under-went. It describes the acts of chivalry to achieve knighthood and the strength of character shown to protect the vulnerable, alongside the obligations and rewards expected and received. The world of the castle is also examined, unearthing the life of a knight at home, his duties to administer the King's law and maintain peace, and how he spent his leisure time pursuing the noble arts of courtly love-making, hawking, jousting, hunting and music. With an accessible text, beautiful fine art images, and an intelligent examination of how the role of the knight declined, this captivating book enlivens the world of the medieval chivalry, portraying in vivid detail the castles, battles, tournaments, honours and triumphs of these legendary heroes.
Publisher: London : Southwater, c2010.
ISBN: 9781844768646
Branch Call Number: 940.1 Phi
Characteristics: 128 pages : illustrations (chiefly color)


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May 10, 2012

The World of the Medieval Knight ----- by Charles Phillips. This is a beautiful book. It’s not very thick, less than 1cm but it is large --- bigger than the size of a comic book. It has been reproduced on heavy, coated stock which makes the illustrations even more inspiring and vivid. The illustrations are in brilliant full colour of contemporary art work from textual illuminations and other sources such as the Bayeux Tapestries and Froissat’s Chronicles ('s_Chronicles) dating from the second half of the fourteenth century. Only slightly over 120 pages long it none the less provides a lot of insight, not only in the knights of the time, but also, and more importantly, in the context of their world. And so we learn not only of the knights mount and his armour but also about the crusades; heraldry; tourneys; techniques of warfare; knights and chivalry. We also learn of significant men of this time: The Black Douglas; Richard Coeur de Lion; and Sir Henry “Hotspur” Percy. Who is this book for? The precocious twelve year old lad (or girl) intent on learning more about this interesting period; the reader of historical fiction like myself who wants to get a better iodea of the period in time in which Bernard Cornwell has set some of his novels like Azincourt for example. Lastly, this book will be of interest to anyone wanting an overview of the development of western society in the context of warfare during this period in European history.

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