Young Knights of the Round Table: The King's Ransomby Cheryl Carpinello
In medieval Wales, eleven-year-old Prince Gavin, thirteen-year-old orphan Philip, and fifteen-year-old blacksmith's apprentice Bryan are brought together in friendship by one they call the Wild Man. When an advisor to the king is killed and a jewelled medallion is stolen from the king’s treasury, the Wild Man is accused of the theft and murder.
Filled with disbelief at the arrest of the Wild Man, the three friends embark upon a knight’s quest to save their friend’s life. To succeed, the three must confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all.
Join Gavin, Philip, and Bryan on their quest and share the adventures that await them in the land of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
15 Facts About Knights
By Cheryl Carpinello
With my book being Young Knights of the Round: The King’s Ransom, I decided to share 15 facts about or dealing Knights that I’ve gathered during my time teaching Arthurian Legend. See how many you know. Hope you enjoy!
15 Facts About Knights:
1. A young man was knighted when he was 21 years old.
2. Castles were built with spiral staircases so that if there was an invasion, an enemy knight would have a tough time going up or down the stairs while fighting.
3. Not just anyone could become a knight because of the expense involved. Prospective knights had to provide their own armor, weapons, horse, and shield.
4. Tournaments and jousts were originally for the training of knights. Losers were required to give their horse and armor to the winner.
5. Chivalry comes the French word chevalier which means Knight.
6. A knight’s armor weighed more than 50 pounds, but the weight was so distributed over their entire body that knights were more mobile than they looked.
7. A squire’s duty was to serve their knight by helping him get dressed, taking care of his horse, serving him food, and cleaning and polishing his armor and weapons. This also taught the squires manners.
8. When a knight’s shield was hung upside, it became the symbol of a disgraced knight.
9. The Knighting ceremony ended with Dubbing where the newly recognized knight received a blow with the flat of the hand or the side of the sword usually on one or both shoulders.
10. Knights lived in round tents decorated with bright alternating colors, and the tents were called Pavilions.
11. A death blow given by a knight to his mortally wounded opponent was a Coup de Grace.
12. The term Squire is also French and comes from the two words Esquire and Escuyer which mean Shield Bearer.
13. Knights jousting met in the center of the arena at an equivalent speed of 60 mph.
14. Becoming a knight took a total of 14 years: 7 years as a page and 7 years as a squire.
15. Sadly, the invention of the Musket in 1520 was instrumental in starting the decline of jousting.
If you would like more information on knights and Medieval times, visit these sites:
The Middle Ages: http://www.middle-ages.org.uk
Medieval Life and Times: http://www.medieval-life-and-times.info
Middle Ages for Kids: http://medievaleurope.mrdonn.org/
Everything About Knights: www.knight-medieval.com