Warm Up On a new page in your notebooks, create the KWL Chartabout Medieval Knightsandfill in the “Know” and “Want to Know” sections. You have 5 minutes to complete this activity.
Directions Please turn in your Weapons Drawinghomework if you went to Binationals. Everyone who stayed, please turn in your Video Analysis on “A Knight’s Tale.” Once I have picked up your work, please get a green textbook next to the window and open to page 169.
The Importance of Warfare • Powerful lords were constantly competing for power • Knights were more likely to be captured than killed • Knights fought in iron armor and with heavy weapons
The Importance of Warfare • Warfare could be disastrous for the peasants who farmed the land • Castles were built on top of hills or near rivers to provide some protection • Most castles were very unpleasant places to live • Warfare eventually would decline when the church tried to stop some of the fighting or rulers became powerful enough to control their lords and vassals
Chivalry • Chivalry combined Christian values and virtues of a good warrior • Chivalry also dictated rules of warfare • Chivalry did not have anything to do with a knight’s behavior towards peasants and common people
Knights • Page • Squire • Knight
Page • Starts around age 7 • Serving in the household • Learning Swordplay • Playing chess and other strategy games • Hunting with hawks and falcons • Learning code of courtesy expected of knights
Squire • Starts around age 13-14 • Acting as a personal servant to a knight • Learning jousting • Assisting knights in battle • Taking charge of prisoners captured in battle
Knight • Starts around age 18-22 • Serving lords as warriors • Overseeing land as vassals • Taking part in tournaments
Important Terms & Definitions Page – a boy who acts as a knight’s attendant in the first stage of becoming a knight Squire – a young nobleman who acts as a personal servant to a knight and who will soon become a knight
Direction Please take a moment and complete the “Learned” section of your KWL chart on knights.
Journal Writing In your notebook, answer the following question in 10 complete sentences: “How would you feel if you were chosen to be a knight?”Explain if you would be happy, sad, scared, etc.
More Information… http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/