Knights and Fights
>The European Rodeos<
Knights were the armored warriors of medieval Europe. They rode on horseback and fought with swords and lances. Boys began training at age seven. For seven years, the boys were called Pages and learnt basic skills of knighthood, such as cleanliness and respect. After the initial period, the trainee gained the title of Squire and was taught by a knight. After seven or so more years, the Squire became a knight.
Knights fought in tournaments to prove their skills and gain glory. The tournaments included many competitions, such as the joust. The joust involved two knights rushing at each other on horseback, trying to hit the other with a blunted wooden lance. The winners of the tournaments were bestowed with great honor. Medieval European tournaments can be compared to the modern-day rodeos of the American Southwest.
Medieval Europe: Knights