Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Knighthood'
n : aristocrats holding the rank of knight
- Knighthood \Knight"hood\, n. [Knight + hood: cf. AS. chihth[=a]d
- The character, dignity, or condition of a knight, or of knights as a class; hence, chivalry. ``O shame to knighthood.'' --Shak. If you needs must write, write C[ae]sar's praise; You 'll gain at least a knighthood, or the bays. --Pope.
- The whole body of knights. The knighthood nowadays are nothing like the knighthood of old time. --Chapman. Note: ``When the order of knighthood was conferred with full solemnity in the leisure of a court or court or city, imposing preliminary ceremonies were required of the candidate. He prepared himself by prayer and fasting, watched his arms at night in a chapel, and was then admitted with the performance of religious rites. Knighthood was conferred by the accolade, which, from the derivation of the name, would appear to have been originally an embrace; but afterward consisted, as it still does, in a blow of the flat of a sword on the back of the kneeling candidate.'' --Brande & C.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Knighthood'
Count & Countess
Baronet & Baronetess
A knight is a member of the warrior class of the Middle Ages in Europe who followed a code of law called "chivalry". In other Indo-European languages, cognates of cavalier or rider are more prevalent (e.g., French chevalier and German Ritter), suggesting a connection to the knight's mode of transport. Since antiquity a position of honour and prestige has been held by mounted warriors such as the Greek hippeus and the Roman eques, and knighthood in the Middle Ages was inextricably linked with horsemanship.
The British legend of King Arthur was popularised throughout Europe in the Middle Ages by the Welsh cleric Geoffrey of Monmouth in his Historia Regum Britanniae ("History of the Kings of Britain"), written in the 1130s. Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur ("The Death of Arthur"), written in 1485, was important in defining the ideal of chivalry which is essential to the modern concept of the knight as an elite warrior sworn to uphold the values of faith, loyalty, courage, and honour. During the Renaissance, the genre of chivalric romance became popular in literature, growing ever more idealistic and eventually giving rise to a new form of realism in literature popularised by Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote. This novel explored the ideals of knighthood and their incongruity with the reality of Cervantes' world. In the late medieval period, new methods of warfare began to render classical knights in armour obsolete, but the titles remained in many nations.[See more about Knighthood at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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