Being a truly good knight is freaking tough, yo.
My first question received under the “Ask Medieval” feature came from Gaharet and concerns how knighthood can be carried into the modern age. To paraphrase, what are the essential features of knighthood and how might one be a modern knight? The first quality of a knight is to be able to fight. All other qualities of a knight surround the central fact of the knight being a warrior. A knight may hesitate to strike a blow, but will not hit weakly when his hand is forced. To that end in modern times, knowledge of how to shoot and martial arts are eminently desirable. Next there comes keeping fit and healthy for action. Thirdly, a knowledge of Historical European Martial Arts, though archaic, help in staying fit and better imagining what combat was like from a medieval knight’s perspective.
The central virtue of the knight is courage. The word…
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