The Medieval Knight and the Rise of Chivalry

With Laura Bailey


When you think about the medieval period, one image might spring to mind: the knight in shining armour, ready to rescue a damsel in distress or to defeat his opponents. But who were knights, what did they do, and how were they supposed to behave? What were the qualities expected of the ideal knight? In this workshop, we will learn about the rise of knighthood and development of the code of behaviour known as chivalry. We will examine a range of sources, from medieval romance literature to coins and seals, to explore medieval representations and expectations of the medieval knight. 


Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11)


Teachers Guide

Activity 1The Ordene de Chevalerie

Activity 3 - Duties and responsibilities

Activity 4 - Design your own seal