English Knight

A knight was a professional heavy cavalry soldier in the Middle Ages. Knights were usually the best soldiers in the kingdom and were expected, above all, to be loyal, fight bravely and to display military professionalism and courtesy. They fought for lords and nobles and were given land in return for their services. They gave great importance to honor and had their own code of conduct and ethics, called “chivalry”. One of the most famous English knights was William Marshal, one of the greatest heroes of the Middle Age. By late 16th century, knights quickly become extinct as countries started creating their own professional armies that were faster to train, cheaper to equip, and easier to mobilize.