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. 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. 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.
- Clark, Hugh (1784). A Concise History of Knighthood: Containing the Religious and Military Orders which have been Instituted in Europe. London.