A knicht is a person grantit an honorar teetle o knichtheid bi a monarch or ither poleetical leader for service tae the monarch or kintra, especially in a militar capacity. Historically, in Europe, knichtheid wis conferred upon moontit warriors.[1] During the Heich Middle Ages, knichtheid wis conseedert a cless o lawer nobility. Bi the Late Middle Ages, the rank haed acome associatit wi the ideals o chivalry, a code o conduct for the perfect coortly Christian warrior. Eften, a knicht wis a vassal wha served as a fechter for a laird, wi payment in the form o laund hauldins.[2] The lairds trustit the knichts, wha war skilled in battle on horseback. Syne the early modren period, the teetle o knicht is purely honoureefic, uisually bestowed bi a monarch, as in the Breetish honours seestem, eften for non-militar service tae the kintra. The modren female equivalent in the Unitit Kinrick is Dame.

Maximilian Gothic plate airmour, 15t century


  1. Clark, p. 1.
  2. Carnine, Douglas; et al. (2006). World History:Medieval and Early Modern Times. USA: McDougal Littell. pp. 300–301. ISBN 978-0-618-27747-6. Knights were often vassals, or lesser nobles, who fought on behalf of lords in return for land.

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