By Taj Darkazalli
Day to day life
- The daily life of a Knight started at dawn when Mass would be heard and prayers would be made
- The first meal of the day for the Knight was breakfast
- Knights would engage in weapons practise at the quintain and the pell
- The daily life of the Knights would include discussions on warfare strategy and increasing his knowledge of siege warfare and weapons
- Mid morning prayers and a meal
- As the Medieval period progressed the culture changed becoming more refined and elegant. Knights were expected to understand the rules of Chivalry and courtly love. Time might be spent on dance practise
- In the afternoon the daily life of Knights turned to increasing their skills in horsemanship and would accompany their lord in hunting, hawking or inspecting the estate
- Evening prayer and then supper in the Hall of the Castle or Manor House
- After supper there might be some entertainment - music, dancing, jugglers, acrobats, jesters, etc
- Bedtime prayers
Role of knights
Knights were the upper-class dukes and rulers of the manor. They usually were a vassal to another Knight or King. The ruled over their manor and taxed their peasants heavily and lived well. They were also the judge, jury, and executioner.
It was the basis by which the upper nobility class maintained control over the lower classes. This rigid structure of government consisted of kings, lords, and the peasants. Other crucial contributors to this structure were the leaders of the church and other neighboring kings who held influence in the kingdom. The structure first came about, and remained for so long, because of the great size of the land the kings had under their control. The kings held this land by what they believed was a divine right , the right to rule granted by God and then passed on through heredity.