The Life of A Knight

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A boy from a noble family starts on the route to knighthood by becoming a page and then a squire for another noble family. Between the ages of 18 to 21, the squire generally is dubbed a knight. After the stages of becoming a knight are outlined, there is a copy of a letter to a sister from a brand new knight describing his own knighting and the festivities that followed. Unfortunately there is no attribution to show whether the letter is authentic or imagined. In fact, the book lacks any kind of bibliography. Armor, weapons, heraldry, tournaments, chivalry, family life, battle action, the Crusades and military orders each rate a two-page spread. Another two-page segment describes the Samurai, the Japanese equivalent of knights. Famous Medieval warriors are discussed and the book concludes by describing how changing battle techniques made knights obsolete. The book, with many excellent illustrations, includes background on the Middle Ages, a glossary, a timeline, and an index. As I said in my review of Crabtree's Life in A Castle, other books cover this subject along with the story of castles as well or better and they do it in a single volume at a smaller price. That said, a librarian recently told me she enthusiastically purchases Crabtree books because of their readability and reasonable price and that they are very popular in her library. 2004, Crabtree Publishing Company, Ages 7 to 14.
—Janet Crane Barley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778713746
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Series: Medieval Life Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,468,738
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

The Middle Ages 4
Becoming a Knight 6
A Knight's Armor 8
Weapons 10
Heraldry 12
Knights in Battle 14
The Crusades 16
Military Orders 18
The Samurai 20
Tournaments 22
A Time of Chivalry 24
Knights at Home 26
Famous Warriors 28
The End of an Age 30
Glossary and Index 32
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