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Questions about knights during the Dark Ages?

Questions about knights during the Dark Ages? Topic: Court case stories book
July 17, 2019 / By Florence
Question: Preferably from England, Scotland, and Ireland. 1) Who would they have married? 2) common religion? 3) How old would the knight and woman be when they courted/married? I'm writing a book, so any other info that I might've forgotten and sources would be greatly appreciated:)
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Dalinda Dalinda | 3 days ago
1) Others of similar good family. The marriage would have been arranged. An ideal marriage would be between the eldest son of one family with he daughter of a family with no sons. That way, their children would inherit the fiefs of both families. 2) The only religion for knights was what we now call Roman Catholicism. Unless your story takes place in the 16th century. In that case, "Cuius regio, eius religio." 3) The one, or the other, or both might be very young when married to one another. Maybe early teenager(s). You say "courted." Courtly love was a 15th century convention. Knights "flirted" with wives of other knights, both of them knowing that their "love" could never be consummated. Explosions could occur. Hugh of Lusignan and Isabel of Angouleme, both vassals of King John of England (and Duke of Normandy), were engaged to be married. John exercised his feudal right to order Isabel to marry him instead. The marriage went through, but Hugh's rage was one of the many causes of John's losing all his lands in France to Philip II Augustus.
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Dalinda Originally Answered: Games/Entertainment/Festivals in Medieval times? (Dark Ages, Middle Ages)?
In 'Life in a Medieval Village' Frances and Joseph Gies write: 'many of the games enjoyed by the villagers were played alike by children, adolescents and adults, and endured into modern times: blind man's buff, prisoner's base, bowling. Young and old played checkers, chess, backgammon, and most popular of all, dice. sports included football, wrestling, swimming, fishing, archery, and a form of tennis played with hand coverings instead of rackets. The Luttrell Psalter (c. 1340) portrays a number of mysterious games involving sticks and balls and apparatus of various kinds, remote ancestors of modern team sports. Bull-baiting and cockfighting were popular spectator sports.' 'Football' as mentioned above is the game known in America as 'soccer', and tended to be a very rough game in medieval times, with loads of men playing on both sides, and serious injuries not an unusual occurence. Dancing of course was a popular form of entertainment. In 'Pleasures and Pastimes in Medieval england' Compton Reeves writes: 'Dancing at the amateur level was ordinarily round-dancing or processional, and was of ancient lineage. Carols were the principal form of secular music in medieval england, and they are the musical core of the entertaining chain-or carol-dance. The carol-dance was usually performed by a circle of dancers, with hands clasped or arms linked, who would take a a few steps to the left as their leader, normally standing in the middle of the circle, sang a stanza of a song. The dancers then marked time with treading steps as all sang the chorus (or burden). This basic dance could be varied in many ways, from dancing in line to miming the story of the carol, and the carols might be stories abour heroism, romance, or religion. for the most part, carols seem to have been joyful. Carolling could be done outdoors, and the churchyard was a favourite venue, or indoors in a lordly hall. The carol-dance was not the limit of dancing activity. The basse dance was performed on the ground without springing into the air, and was a late medieval refinement of the processional dance or open carol-dance. The pavane was a fast-moving variation on the basse dance, and called for displays of many manners of steps and elaborate costumes.' There are lots of recordings of medieval music available, so a carol dance might be a nice thing to arrange. Another thing that might be exciting to do would be a medieval 'mystery' play. These were normally stories from the bible or the lives of the saints, and were often performed by the members of medieval trade guilds at special times. There are scripts of medieval mystery plays available. You could do the story of Noah's Ark, for example, which is usually very amusing, or perhaps part of the Nativity. There is a comic scene in some versions of the Nativity which involves a sheep stealer who steals a sheep and when the other shepherds come looking for it he pretends it is a baby and puts it in a bed.

Blessing Blessing
I won'trepeat what the others have said, since it is correct. Regarding ages, the age of consent for females was 12. John's wife Isabella,mentioned above, was 12 when they married; Henry Tudor's mother, Margaret Beaufort, was also 12 when she was married (giving birth to him the next year damaged her and left her infertile from thereon.) 14 was a more usual age for the marriage to be consummated, even if it had already been contracted.
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Airlea Airlea
Depending on what you mean by the Dark Ages, knights may or may not have even existed. The institution of knighthood as we think of it didn't exist before the 12th C. or so. Don't believe it ever existed in Ireland, except perhaps among the Norman landholders.
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Trace Trace
Contrary to what others have said, the age of first marriage in the Early Middle Ages appears to have been fairly high, probably in the early 20s. Id suggest getting some good works on life in the middle ages for reference.
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Trace Originally Answered: Were they really the Dark Ages?
Yes, there were real dark ages. Before the fall of Rome, towns over most of Europe had many literate people and much knowledge was used (scientific, and also other such as legal, mechanical, historical and mathematical). During the dark ages most of the knowledge was lost to the great majority in Europe but they knew that it had existed. A few monks and priests tried to keep a little knowledge going. With very little government, anarchy was a leading cause of the dark ages and it was enhanced by the Viking invasions. While other parts of the world were still rapidly progressing, Europe was stagnant. Even so, a little progress was made. .

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