Knights are a fundamental part of storytelling and it all goes back to medieval and medieval chivalry. The forerunner of knights, as they are widely known, dates back to ancient Rome and the pre-Carolingian age. The first knights made their appearance in the 8th century under the reign of Charlemagne, emperor and prolific king during the Carolingian era. Knights continued to grow in importance throughout the First Crusade, and then the culture of chivalry began to gain prominence in the Middle Ages.
In the 10th century, knights began to be trained, and knights with the most military experience were the most sought after by lords and other members of the noble class. Knights are born into the noble class and usually born to other knights or lords. At age seven, they became pages and began their training. At 14, knights became squires and had to master the seven points of agility: riding, swimming and diving, shooting at different weapons, climbing, participating in tournaments, wrestling, fencing, long jumping and dancing. Then, at age 21, squires became eligible for ennoblement.
Knights are frequently depicted in popular culture, most notably the Knights of the Round Table depicted in the material of Britain. The Matter of Britain is a body of medieval literature and legends associated with British royalty, including King Arthur. Lancelot du Lac was one of the Knights of the Round Table and was a close companion of King Arthur. Lancelot has been portrayed in a variety of films, with Frank Nero portraying the character in 1967’s “Camelot” and Richard Gere portraying the character in 1995’s “The First Knight.”
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