Interesting facts about knights

The word "knight" comes from him. Ritter, which originally meant "rider". Chivalry as an estate arose among the Franks in connection with the transition in the 8th century from the popular foot army to the cavalry army of vassals. Initially, any farmer with a horse and ammunition could become a knight, and only after a few centuries, knighthood began to be passed on as a title by inheritance. Later writers and bards poeticize the refined court chivalry, but the realities were completely different.

Where did the knights live? Of course, in beautiful and inaccessible castles! These structures may have been impregnable, but there is no need to talk about their beauty. The middle knight's castle was somewhat like a dump, a barn and a Neanderthal's dwelling. Pigs and other domestic animals walked around the courtyards of the fortresses in a businesslike manner, garbage and sewage were scattered around. They lit the rooms with beams, not the pretty torches hung on the walls in Hollywood films. They drowned them with big smut, spreading smoke and stench. The skins of slaughtered animals hung here and there on the walls. Isn't it a cave of a primitive man?

Again, cinema and literature claim that the knights were the protectors of the weak and disadvantaged. In fact, they were robbers and robbed everyone who came into their field of vision. The inhabitants of the surrounding villages, which belonged to the knights, feared their masters like fire. After all, feudal lords in armor cleaned them to the bone, leaving them without the bare essentials - for example, without grain reserves. The knights did not disdain a simple road robbery.

Any medieval knight would cause a fit of uncontrollable laughter in a modern man if he descended from his horse. After all, the height of a man at that time was no more than 160 cm.

The knights did not have a beautiful appearance either. Smallpox at that time was sick as often as today chickenpox is sick. And after this illness, as you know, ugly traces remained.

The knights did not shave and rarely washed. Their hair was a breeding ground for lice and fleas, and their beards were a trash heap from past dinners. The average knight smelled of garlic from the mouth, with which he beat off the "aroma" of never brushed teeth.

Most of the knights were illiterate and not trained in manners. Since a large part of the time was devoted to military science, robberies, drunkenness and other important things.

The knights treated women extremely badly. Commoners were simply dragged to the hayloft at the first opportunity, and they were courteous to the ladies of the heart until these ladies became their wives. After that, they often beat them. And sometimes they just beat off the women from each other - naturally, without asking their permission.

The German emperor Frederick Barbarossa and the then Pope Urban put an end to the atrocities of the knights. And then after they "turned the arrows" to the "infidels, desecrating the sepulcher of the Lord" and organized the first crusades. They say, instead of killing and robbing Christian brothers, you need to unite against a common enemy. The knights heeded this call, although they hardly became nobler from this.

The invention of firearms and the creation of a permanent army by the end of the Middle Ages had transformed feudal knighthood into a political estate of untitled nobility.

Dear girls, does your lover not look like a knight? And thank God!