The code of chivalry for knights glorified both combat and romantic love. 13.3 The Age of Chivalry. Knights: Warriors on Horseback. The Technology of Warfare Changes Leather saddle and stirrups enable knights to handle heavy weapons
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Gambeson, a padded jacket worn alone or in combination with chainmail
Ightham Mote, a 14th-century moated manor house in Kent, England
"Stitching the Standard" by Edmund Blair Leighton: the lady prepares for a knight to go to war
At age 7 – began training
as a “page”
in a lord’s castle
At age 14 – began training
as a “squire”
acting as a
servant to a knight.
At age 21 – becomes a
2. Weapons / Equipment
3. War games
Fighting in local wars
tournaments (mock battles)
kept knights trained
and in shape.
The lived in and
of feudal lords –
designed as fortresses
with massive walls
and guard towers.
Chivalry – a code of behavior / values for Medieval knights and lords.
Above and right: troubadours portrayed in illumined texts.
Above right: Eleanor of Aquitaine depicted on a mural in the Chapel of St. Radegund, Chinon, France
Right: tomb effigy of Eleanor and Henry II
Convents provided women in the middle ages an alternative to married life. Childbirth was often deadly for women, so becoming a nun was a respectable and perhaps attractive alternative.