Have you ever wonder what happens in the knights daily life? The medieval knights are brave, strong soldiers who served his sovereign or lord as a mounted soldiers in armor. During the Middle Ages the knights had jobs to do for example protecting the king from danger or fighting in a battle. “It was the duty of a Medieval Knight to learn how to fight and so serve their liege Lord according to the Code of Chivalry”(Medieval Knights). During the Medieval Ages the medieval knights were tough opponents to fight because of the armor they wear.
In the joust the knight used the lance, a weapon specifically designed for mounted combat. At first jousters would simply spur their horses towards one another, weapons ready, each attempting to knock each other off there horses. If a knight was knocked to the ground, his battle was as good as lost. For the mounted warrior could run him down, trample him with his horse, or spear him with his lance; all while out of reach of the land bound fighter. When the joust came to represent the horsemanship of the fighter, safeguards evolved.
In order to execute a successful charge, knights needed to have the most effective weapons that could easily ram into the enemy. [The lance was made of steel and was developed in the 14th century. The development of the lance rest made wielding the lance much easier to handle and control. It was also more effective when charging because the knight could drive the lance into the enemy with the power of the horse at full gallop. This invention made the knight much more powerful because it all... ... middle of paper ... .... 1986 Knox , E.L.
All lands during the medieval periods would be subject to invasion at any point without any notice. Due to this, many ordinary people had to train in the arts of war and learn how to use some common weapons. Knights, who were higher up on the feudal system, were dedicated warriors. These horse mounted people used more expensive weapons rather than the crude, often makeshift, weapons of the lower classes. These consisted of the traditional swords, the lance and different daggers.
To do this they had to become knights and fight for the King. Rich Nobles hosted the jousting tournaments to help the knights become more skillful for combats. Some believed that jousting itself made a mockery to battles. Many Kings went against each other on horseback, covered in armor, and charged at their opponent with their lance. This type of jousting was called “Lance ... ... middle of paper ... ... from their king to live on their land.
There were also bows that can be used like a ballista which has a long, strong arrow with enough force to destroy an army. Reloading was a hassle so it was greater in large numbers. Knights first used chain mail and then moved on to plate armor which was strong enough to resist a sword slash. With the need for war came the need for protection. Castles surrounded the king for his protection against enemies.
In this period the nobility used war as a way to show their power and hold their status by being professional soldiers. There were also lots of soldiers from the lower classes who were led into battle under nobles. These soldiers fought for the nobleman to maintain their safety and land. The soldiers rode into battle on their horses in full armor with weapons drawn ready to defeat their enemies one by one. They laid siege castles for weeks and months at a time until the battle was won.
They were the professional soldiers that lead, conducted, or ceded battles. They trained for battle, and invested in the best equipment. Under the feudal system, however, they in turn answered to the king or lord which was responsible for their public standing. Naturally, much innovation would come from time spent attempting to make sure the knight would have the most edge in battle. Arms Swords & Melee Weapons The sword, the standard weapon of war for millennia, was still the main weapon in this time frame.
Heralds of this century were acknowledged experts in armory and in all matters of secular ceremony. These ceremonies included displays of jousts and tournaments, in the judgement of prowess, in the ceremonial attire of coronations and in knightings and funerals. Officials in tournaments even trusted heralds with the vital task of deciding whether or not a contestant had a valid claim to knighthood. Their job also included recording promotions to knighthood on the eve of battle, and to search after it was over among the dead to note the names and arms of those who had shown prowess in the field.
This battle in turn made Darius III furious and he decides to go out and find Alexander himself. This battle is important because it shows even more that Alexander is the greatest military leader in history because of the great leadership he showed in this battle. Before the battle took place Alexander was making a plan that would give him the best advantage in the battle. According to Rufus, “Alexander moved his forces to Issus. For there the forces of both kings would be equal in number, since the narrow space could not contain a multitude of men; his men ought to avoid a plain and the open fields, where they might be caught and crushed in a pincer maneuver” (107).