If I were a Knight
Last weekend we went to a jousting tournament at Le Château du Rivau.
Here is a photo of my Knight, I call him Sir Steve.
Knights lived in the 11th, 12th & 13th Century. They had armour, which could either be plate or chain mail. My Knight had Plate Armour.
His weapon was a lance because he fought on his horse. If he was fighting in hand combat he would use Mr Mc Bride's skills to fight with a sword. He had a war horse (destrier). The war horse wore armour for protection. My Knight's horse had a cover with symbols on it.
If I were a boy in the Middle Ages, I could begin training now, to become a Knight.
At the age of seven, boys would go to live in the Castle and become a Page.
My jobs would be:
Look after the Lord's clothes (& his undies)
Wait at the head of the table
I would be a servent to the ladies of the court
Learn good manners
Strategic games such as backgammon or chess
I would also learn to use a lance and how to tilt on horseback.
The next step is to become a Squire. I would look after the Knight's armour.
I am a girl so could not really become a Knight, however I could be like Joan of Arc
who at the age of 16 led the French to fight against the English!