Daily Life of a Knight in the Middle Ages

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Daily Life of a Knight in the Middle Ages

The daily life of a knight in the Middle ages followed a similar schedule to that of his lord or the noble he served. The Daily life of a Knight during the Middle ages centered around castles or Manors or fighting for his lord and the King during times of war. Much of his time was spent on honing his weapons skills and keeping his levels of fitness high. The daily life of knights can be described as follows:

  • 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 practice at the quintain (an object mounted on a post or attached to a movable crossbar mounted on a post, used as a target in the medieval sport of tilting) and the pell (a skin or hide, a pelt).

  • 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 practice.

  • 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

So ended the daily life of a Medieval Knight during the Middle Ages.

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