One of these tactical reforms was the implementation of a new standard of training for soldiers. Roberts argues that unlike in the middle ages, new training represented a shift from medieval individualist warfare (characterized by weapons such as the lance) to non-individualist warfare (characterized by weapons such as the pike).
The first recorded form of feudalism in Europe was the leadership structure in German barbarian clans in the 100s CE. Soldiers in these tribes had undying loyalty to their chieftain, and in return they received riches from ...
Another tool that they used was chaps an article of clothing much like pants but thicker to protect them against the dense brush that they had to go through so they wouldn’t get harmed by the painful brush. They also had to use spurs a tool used to “spur” the horse to make him go faster with light jabs to the hind of a horse (Forbis 23).
The Middle Ages found the mounted herdsman a frequent fixture of the semi-arid lands of Spain, but rare in countries like England and France. Strong intrepid horsemen were required to deal with the rugged geography of the Iberian Peninsula, and the wild ganado prieto, predecessor to the savage bull ring black cattle. So integral a part of the Spanish culture was horsemanship, that the world caballero (horseman) became, and still is, the equivalent of the English word "gentleman." The word for horse in French is cheval and knight is chevalier. The English term cavalry is derived from Italian. In Spanish the word "horse" is caballo and knight or noble horseman is Caballero. In the Middle Ages knighthood was a very high station in society. By his vows, the knight was required to swear to advocate justice and the protection of women, elderly and the weak. The noble knight was a protector of the common people guided by a code of conduct and etiquette; an interesting parallel to the modern day social worker, only without all the glory and romance. As a contemporary social worker and sheep rancher myself, it is clear now that these penchants are built into the DNA, but, I much prefer the old-fashioned version. As part of the knighthood ceremony, the knight was required to adopt an identifying coat of arms insignia, (in ranching culture later evolving into the "brand"), ride to all the villages in the kingdom, and publicly recite his vows of knighthood so that all would witness his devotion to the King and his people. This part of the ceremony was to enable all in the Kingdom to recognize the knight, and if the knight faltered in his duties, he endured public shame and dishonor. A knight's honor was a virtue for which many knights defended to the death. Keeping in mind that the first Spanish vaqueros were well heeled
The fundamental institutions of medieval feudal society are something that many historians have researched at great length. One of the best existing windows into medieval institutions, society, culture, and other matters, is Feudal Society in Medieval France: Documents from the County of Champagne; One of the sections contained in this compilation of documents is on the Crusades. The documents contained in this section are of correspondence between various parties all pertaining to the Crusades.
There were many roles playing a part in the feudal system. In a military tenure, these roles include a barony, knight, castle guard, and scutage. Peasants were also known as Medieval Serfs who worked his lord'...
“Characteristics of the Feudal World.” The Middle Ages. Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, 2008. Web. 2 May 2014.
As Western Europe was in chaos the peasantry was left with nothing to protect them from local warlords. The biggest change the peasants suffered was the subjugation to the knightly class.This European Feudalism was developed with the idea of creating an arrangement between rulers and
Feudalism is what shaped everything that went on in the middle ages, not to mention that knights had a strong impact on it to help continue almost everything that was going on. Knights went through a series of different kinds of training getting food in return for all their hard work over the years; they would eventually give back to the people by protecting everyone and everything that the middle ages would be known for. The feudal system has many different classes and you are born into your class, once you’re in that class you can’t get out of it. This is why people worked so hard to provide for others expecting that there will be something given back, such as how knights give their people protection for crops, money land etc. Feudalism was
Knights had many needs when they were off fighting. To support the soldiers during their time training and at war, serfs worked on their land to produce foods and other goods (Smith, Andrew 1-2). This group was made by grouping farmers who could support and equip a fighter or knight. This was essential to creating a military because the knights needed food and couldn't farm for themselves when fighting. So the serfs produced a surplus, or more than enough of a specific supply than needed for a family, and gave that to the knights in exchange for protection. Serfs needed to provide for the knights in order to be protected by them if the time came. The knight gave his military service in exchange for support. Knights depended on the economy of serfs in order to survive. If the serfs didn't produce enough surplus for the knights, the knights couldn't survive. Knowing the need for these resources, knights worked hard when fighting and training in order to protect the peasants on their land. The knight was paid a ‘fee’ for his service. In other words, the knight was given supplies in exchange for his work (Lenehan 1). The knights needed to be supported while they were off fighting, and serfs were essential to