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Encyclopedia > Black Knight

A black knight is a soldier or knight who either is not bound to a specific liege or does not want his liege, or himself, to be identified and so does not bear any heraldic standards or has blackened them out. Black Knight may mean: Black Knight, a knight not bound to a specific liege Black Knight (Arthurian legend), any of several knights clad in black armor in Arthurian legend Black Knight (comics), the name of several characters in the Marvel Comics universe Black Knight (Monty Python), a fictional character in... This article is about a military rank. ... The silver Anglia knight, commissioned as a trophy in 1850, intended to represent the Black Prince. ... Allegiance is a duty of fidelity said to be owed by a subject or a citizen to his state or sovereign. ... Heraldry is the science and art of describing of coats-of-arms, also referred to as achievements or armorial bearings. ...


Since heraldic standards were carefully regulated by one official body or other (such as the Scottish Lord Lyon King of Arms or the English College of Arms), a fighting man who had not obtained a standard (through inheritance or endowment by a liege) would have no colors or devices to represent him. These would-be knights were often freelance soldiers. Because they usually lacked a squire or page to care for their armor, they would paint it black to prevent rust. An experienced and equipped soldier without a specific fealty was a wild card and an organized force of them could pose a serious problem for kings. This sort of dispossessed status ran contrary to the entire system of feudalism and this condition was looked upon with disfavor. This disfavoring viewpoint is a contributing factor towards the pejorative usage of the term. Arms of the Office of the Lord Lyon The Lord Lyon King of Arms, the head of Lyon Court, is the most junior of the Great Officers of State in Scotland and is the Scottish official with responsibility for regulating heraldry in that kingdom, issuing new grants of arms, and... The entrance of the College of Arms. ... Freelance 800F - The compact solution ABBs Freelance 800F control system combines easy engineering with an open, modern system architecture. ... For other uses, see Squire (disambiguation). ... Roland pledges his fealty to Charlemagne; from a manuscript of a chanson de geste. ... Roland pledges his fealty to Charlemagne; from a manuscript of a chanson de geste. ...


The more commonly used, and negative reference, is that of a soldier or knight who has purposely hidden their standards. Knights involved in risky political intrigues or activities unbecoming of a man of station would blacken their shields so as to not be easily identified.


In fiction

The last quality of the Black Knights (survived in later pop culture, fairytales and fantasy stories) is that Black Knights are solitary knights; master fighters but usually evil. They sometimes appear to have supernatural powers or serve a wizard. The first appearance of such a character was The Black Knight in Arthurian legend.[citation needed] This use of the Black Knight has turned them into something of a stock character. The Black Knight is the name of a variety of characters, as comes with naming anyone a knight of a common color. ... The Matter of Britain is a name given collectively to the legends that concern the Celtic and legendary history of the British Isles, centering around King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, King Richard wears black armor and initially goes by "le Noir Fainéant", meaning "the black sluggard." Raeburns portrait of Sir Walter Scott in 1822. ... For other uses, see Ivanhoe (disambiguation). ... Richard I (8 September 1157 – 6 April 1199) was King of England from 6 July 1189 to 6 April 1199. ...


In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, there is a scene involving The Black Knight which has now become one of the most famous sketches from the film. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 film written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin), and directed by Gilliam and Jones. ... The Black Knight, played by John Cleese The Black Knight is a fictional character in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. ...


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