The Knight in History

The Knight in History

Book - 1984 | First edition
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Describes the rise, the long noonday, and the decline of knighthood, and the influence of the medieval knight throughout history.
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, c1984
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060153397
0060153393
Characteristics: xii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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BeccaBB Jul 14, 2012

This is obviously very well researched. And it is equally obvious that Gies knows what he is talking about. The knight is a very broad topic and spans over a long period of time and over many countries and cultures. So the information is pretty dense. Gies looks into the beginnings of knighthood and how the institution changed over time. He shows how the equipment, funding and even function changed and how they turned to poetry and song and ended up fighting for the church. It is impossible, of course, to pull the knight out of the history that he took part in and also impossible to go in-depth into all of that history but Gies strikes a pretty good balance. There were times when a lot of names were mentioned that didn't get much of an introduction and a history buff would probably have no trouble with that but some of the names ended up meaning nothing to me. But he also takes a close look at a couple of particular knights that gives the reader a better idea of the life of a knight more than an overview could do. It isn't the most readable history book I've ever read but that doesn't mean it wasn't interesting. You just have to have a true, and I would say, slightly more than casual interest to make it worth your time.

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