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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 7 months ago

In the high middle ages, when one was knighted did they become a noble?

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  • Ludwig
    Lv 6
    7 months ago

    No. Knights served the nobility, they were 'gentry', and formed part of the military units the nobility were expected to provide for the King.

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  • 7 months ago

    Yes, a knight was the lowest ranking noble. This had more of a legal impact than a social one, as the laws for nobles were different than the laws for non nobles. You'd think that it would make an equally big difference socially, but there were many poor knights by 1500.

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  • 7 months ago

    Technically noble, perhaps (this is arguable), but, they would NOT be considered a peer, like Barons, Viscounts, Earls, Marquesses, and Dukes (examples for England). In Scotland, and armigerous person (having a Coat of Arms) makes someone a noble, but, they have no titles at all.

    • Lili
      Lv 7
      7 months agoReport

      No. Knights are not "technically noble". A coat of arms doesn't make you noble; it's just something a knight is entitled to.

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  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    That would depend on where and when. In the Early Medieval period any well-equipped horseman could be described as a knight, or miles in Latin. The first knights appeared during the reign of Charlemagne in the 8th century. As the Carolingian Age progressed, the Franks were generally on the attack, and larger numbers of warriors took to their horses to ride with the Emperor in his wide-ranging campaigns of conquest. At about this time the Franks increasingly remained on horseback to fight on the battlefield as true cavalry rather than mounted infantry, with the discovery of the stirrup, and would continue to do so for centuries afterwards. Although in some nations the knight returned to foot combat in the 14th century, the association of the knight with mounted combat with a spear, and later a lance, remained a strong one. The older Carolingian ceremony of presenting a young man with weapons influenced the emergence of knighthood ceremonies, in which a noble would be ritually given weapons and declared to be a knight, usually amid some festivitie. During the High Middle Ages, knighthood was considered a class of lower nobility. In the late medieval period, new methods of warfare began to render classical knights in armour obsolete, but the titles remained in many nations. The ideals of chivalry were popularized in medieval literature, particularly the literary cycles known as the Matter of France, relating to the legendary companions of Charlemagne and his men-at-arms, the paladins, and the Matter of Britain, relating to the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table.

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  • Lili
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    No, they did not.

    In fact, many nobles were knighted, so they added the title to the ones they already had, but becoming a knight did not make you a noble if you weren't one to begin with. To be noble, you had to be born one or your monarch had to grant you a noble title.

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  • 7 months ago

    No: knights were the rank immediately below the nobility.

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  • Athena
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    No, they became a Knight. They received lands and serfs as payment and loyalty to the King, but they did not become Dukes, or Comte.

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  • 7 months ago

    They got to be called "sir" and they often got some land as a grant from the king. They could also receive titles if the king felt like giving them one.

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  • Not
    Lv 4
    7 months ago

    No. That is not how it worked, I know, I was there.

  • 7 months ago

    Well how it usually worked was there was the king, there was the nobility i.e. land or fuedal lords, and then there were knights below them. However, it was possible for some knights to become nobles over time.

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