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Medieval knight. Source: Lucija / Adobe Stock.

Could You Survive as a Medieval Knight? (Video)

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Life as a medieval knight was physically demanding, shaped by rigorous training, protective armor, and formidable weapons. The path to becoming a knight began at a young age, with training commencing as early as seven years old. Endurance and physical strength were honed through activities such as running, wrestling, and horse riding. Weapons training included mastering various weapons such as swords, spears, and maces, alongside the art of jousting. Knights donned heavy armor, which provided vital protection on the battlefield. Armor consisted of layers, starting with padded garments, chainmail, and plate armor.

Donning such gear required significant physical strength, as a full suit of armor could weigh up to 50 pounds or more. Movement in armor was restrictive, emphasizing the need for great physical fitness and endurance. Weapons played a crucial role in a knight's life. The knight's primary weapon was a sword, meticulously crafted and balanced for optimal effectiveness. Other weapons included polearms, which provided reach in battle, and the devastating mace, designed to crush armor and bones alike. Daily training and combat required unwavering stamina, strength, and dexterity. The armor-clad knight embodied the epitome of physical prowess, prepared to face the challenges of the battlefield with unwavering determination.

Top image: Medieval knight. Source: Lucija / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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