The Knight In History
  • The Knight In History
  • The Knight In History
ISBN: 0060914130
EAN13: 9780060914134
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 26, 2011
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.87" H x 8.27" L x 5.51" W
Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A magisterial history of the origins, reality, and legend of the knight

A carefully researched, concise, readable, and entertaining account of an institution that remains a part of the Western imagination. --Los Angeles Times

Born out of the chaos of the early Middle Ages, the armored and highly mobile knight revolutionized warfare and quickly became a mythic figure in history. From the Knights Templars and English knighthood to the crusades and chivalry, The Knight in History, by acclaimed medievalist Frances Gies, bestselling coauthor of Life in a Medieval Castle, paints a remarkable true picture of knighthood--exploring the knight's earliest appearance as an agent of lawless violence, his reemergence as a dynamic social entity, his eventual disappearance from the European stage, and his transformation into Western culture's most iconic hero.

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