Through the years, the Medieval kings of England were met with great reluctance from their knightly noble subordinates when it came to service in the military – understandably so! As such, during the 14th century, numerous royal edicts were created that ordered the knighting of every man who owned land of a value above £20 (a wealthy sum in those times), and then twenty years later the same order was made for lands worth over £40. This shows how knighthood evolved through time out of necessity to revolve around ones personal wealth and financial status, as opposed to their lineage!
The evolution of knighthood (3/5)
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