The Knight: An Introduction to the Most Admired Warriors in History

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A fascinating look at the everyday life of knights, history's most famous warriors
When we think of knights as a historical figures, we think of courage, loyalty, courtesy, honor, and the violent glories of battle. But was this really the truth of knighthood? Were they really the paragons of virtue many assume them to be? Drawing on the trials and triumphs of many of these great warriors, Alan Baker reveals the day-to-day life of knights, as well as their training for military ...
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A fascinating look at the everyday life of knights, history's most famous warriors
When we think of knights as a historical figures, we think of courage, loyalty, courtesy, honor, and the violent glories of battle. But was this really the truth of knighthood? Were they really the paragons of virtue many assume them to be? Drawing on the trials and triumphs of many of these great warriors, Alan Baker reveals the day-to-day life of knights, as well as their training for military service in times of war and the tournaments and jousts in which he would participate on more peaceful days, as noblemen and fine ladies watched in awe the demonstration of his many skills. It also brings readers to the Holy Land on a Crusade to show knights in battle and their tactics, weapons and equipment in action.

Alan Baker (UK) is the author of four previous books, the most recent being The Gladiator: The Secret History of Rome's Warrior Slaves. He's already at work on his next book on the great warriors of history, The Viking.

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Attempting to cover the entire history of the horseback fighter from the late Dark Ages to the Renaissance, Alan Baker (The Gladiator: The Secret History of Rome's Warrior Slaves) is forced to limit itself to selected high points in The Knight: A Portrait of Europe's Warrior Elite. A good part of the chapter on castles and siegecraft, for example, is devoted to a somewhat Anglocentric history of fortification in the British Isles, before providing a solid account of the classic siege of Chateau Gaillard in 1204. Similarly, the chapter called "The Fall of Jerusalem" does not go beyond the First Crusade-though the account is useful, as is the biography of Godfrey of Bouillion. The chapter on the knight's equipment is oversimplified (although many of the controversies covered could not be resolved in a six-volume work), but balancing this is the fine account of the tournament at St. Inglevert, in which most of those weapons were called into play without anyone being killed. Indeed, the real strength of the book is its rummaging out anecdotes about knightly prowess from chronicles not available in most libraries.
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A brisk, fact-filled introduction to the elements of knighthood and its evolution in the 11th through 15th centuries. You couldn't throw a brick during the Middle Ages without having it land in one battle or another, typically a princely turf squabble, though the size might increase anywhere up to a crusade. Into these frays rode the knight upon his battle horse, and Baker (The Gladiator, 2001) tells his readers how such near-mythic beings were groomed and ordained and what vows they took in military service to the liege lord. If there is a certain colorlessness to Baker's writing, it nonetheless offers gobbets of hard information and stories to give it life. The author first takes on the feudal system and breaks it down into regions, thereby giving a taste of the localized character of the period's political, economic, and military power structure. He explains the purpose of jousting tournaments and describes a weeklong jousting challenge that took place in France. The development of weaponry is covered, as are castle architecture and foodstuffs, from the great feasts with entrées of swan and porpoise, to the humble beans and peas that were the daily fare of page and squire. Baker captures the nature of siege warfare through stories of the great operations against Antioch, Nicaea, and the castle of Richard the Lionhearted. He lavishes considerable time on the knights and their relationship to the crusades, in part because notions of virtue and honor are inextricably entangled with the recapture of the Holy Land, and the religious aspects of courtly love came to be identified with knighthood. Finally came the decline: when mercenaries took over the knight's role, and gunpowder spelled theend of swordplay and lancework. A blessing for any fancier of knights, from the smitten 12-year-old to the older guy who can't believe his bad luck at having been born 900 years too late.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760766569
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/26/2005
  • Pages: 217
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter 1. The Mounted Warrior.

Chapter 2. From Blood to Laughter.

Chapter 3. The Knight's Equipment.

Chapter 4. Love and War.

Chapter 5. Castles and Siegecraft.

Chapter 6. The Fall of Jerusalem.

Chapter 7. Warriors of Christ.

Chapter 8. Mercenaries.

Conclusion: From Lance to Firearm.

Glossary.

Bibliography and Suggested Further Reading.

Index.

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