Being a Knight wasn't fair, was it?


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Back in the middle-ages, those born into nobility often spent time playing this role in society. Strip it down to the core, they were expected to be "noble" in all aspects of life.


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Almost from birth, people were taught to be part of the "elite." Of course, this meant they were taught how to fight, be respected, and what it meant to be noble. A large amount of these men were warriors- but they were already born rich.


When children of nobility reach just a few years old, they would have been informed of the probability of them dying in battle. In fact, this was viewed as honourable. Furthermore, a person of nobility was unable to control the fact they were born into a family with high expectations.



The issue being pressed here is the difference between noble families and other medieval citizens. For instance, society’s elite didn't have a choice when it comes to serving their nation in warfare or not. Actually, it was their duty as part of the nobility.



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The nobles held such a high position in society, such that these (mostly men) were trained to fight and protect as soon as they started walking; and other motor skills had already developed. It's not quite fair, is it?


No surprise, the position of nobles in society came with significant responsibility. Being born into a noble family placed people in a higher position, and the willingness to accept the fulfillment was taught at a young age further demonstrated the effort to maintain this higher status in society.


Moreover, it was quite common for nobles to willingly assume the role that was expected of them. With respect to the issue of maintaining the status of nobility, a major factor that corresponded with this societal status was pride.


Those who were born into noble families didn't really encounter issues challenging their character, as well as their sense of being. Consequently, the duties that were expected of noble men were often matched with resiliency and integrity. During the middle-ages, pride and nobility played a major factor in most course of action. Those born into positions of power, often questioned whether they should accept their duties or not- had failure occurred they would face severe humiliation.


Despite being born into nobility and not having much of a choice regarding fate, men also had to prove and justify their abilities to continue the elitist path.Nobility gave men incentive to be placed in these roles. However, nobles could not just fail to do things properly and act as if their status was a joke.



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The Modernist Son, 2020-2021


Read More:


https://www.history.com/.amp/news/chivalry-knights-middle-ages

https://www.aboutbritain.com/articles/medieval-knights.asp

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