Take a trip back in the 700s in the Middle Ages, you’ll discover the first knights fighting for Charlemagne, or King of the Franks as they once called it. On top of each horse you’ll find more than just a solider ready to protect the king at all costs..
There’s also fifty plus pounds of plated armor along with its hefty price tag.
It’s a good reason why only wealthy nobles that could afford to become a knight the in first place.
However, aside from scoring loot from ransacked towns and lands from Charlemagne, there is a much deeper aspect to knighthood. Aside, from the knights who actually paid off the king with “shield money” in order to avoid fighting of course.
I’m talking about the standard of professional ethics, Chivalry. Knights were more than just brave in battle, they were loyal, devoted, honorable, and firm believers in gentle politeness and courtly manners. Respect garnished wasn’t entirely from nobility alone, a man’s actions as while serving as a knight truly defined his true power.
Now, without going into too much detail, I’d like to tell you about the order of the knights. Perhaps, you’ve heard of them, these are the three most popular below.
The Knights Templar: Famously acclaimed fighters during the Crusades dating back to the 1100s. Aside from being established on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, there are two important things to know. The first, their signature white mantles bared red crosses. And the second; during the Battle of Montgisard, they defeated 26,000 Muslim soldiers with only 500 Knights of the Templar. Now, aside from never retreating in combat, these knights also charged first with fearless.
The Knights Hospitaller: Founded a tad earlier than the military order above, they also fought during the Crusades, though were established in 1023. While protecting the Holy Land they wore black with a white cross. Bravery, aside they were charitable and of good will fighting to defend the weak and poor pilgrims.
The Teutonic Knights: These German knights were once from the Hospitaller military order, yet still wore the same garments of clothing. A short while after the Crusades they began to take over Prussia, and their power was near unstoppable until they met their end by the Polish in the 1410 Battle of Tannenberg.
Of course, there are more orders like the one founded by King Edward III of England, which remains one of the highest orders in the U.K. for knighthood.
With that said, I’d like to share with you a collection of masculine and honorable ideas with these top 80 best knight tattoo designs for men. You’ll find everything from knights riding on horseback fighting off dragons to cool plated armor on the shoulders and arms.
As you look at these tattoo styles, just keep in mind all the meanings behind the knight, and you’ll surely appreciate the art just a little bit more.