Knight can refer to:
- the fast charging mounted knight (Stronghold Crusader),
- the sturdy sword-wielding knight (Stronghold 2),
- the durable Crusader knight (Stronghold Crusader 2).
Knights are powerful warriors, who have mastered the art of chivalry and combat. They are among the most durable units in the game and dish out just as much damage. As knights can ride horses, they are adept at charging down units in the open and dispatching them in the breeze of a moment. Knights are very expensive and demanding in terms of equipment, but their investment is well worth it if you can avoid losing them in battle.
BackgroundEditKnights were honourable and wealthy citizens of medieval Europe. They were opulent landlords, who were serving the country's king. In return to their fealty, they had the right to keep (and optionally equip) their own army and command them in skirmishes whenever needed. The knight could have his own part of reward from raids and fighting. Knights could also carry their own banner and flag into battle.
In peaceful times, the knight usually spent his time maintaining and expressing his high status in the forms of jousting and romance. These activities were later imprinted in an unique code, known as the chivalry. Epics and myths often told the stories and events of knights.
In battles, the knights were generally the frontline assailants in any army. They wore a battlesuit that was capable of protecting the soldier from arrows, stones and sharp blades. It often consisted of characteristic heavy metal armour (chainmail or plating), iron greaves, iron mittens and a helmet. This setup was very heavy and demanded the knight to be physically fit for the task, however later they were given a trained warhorse outfitted with armour to become an almost unstoppable force in the battlefield. Knights often used very long war spears, swords or maces in the battle.
Knights were a very effective strike force, but costly to maintain in the long run. They were also a demanding means of arms, requiring not only but physically strong riders, who could sustain through prolonged training and battles, but sturdy warhorses which were able to carry the very heavy equipment of the knight. Still, knights were a decisive force in many battles and during the numerous Crusades in the Middle East. Mounted knights remained well in use until the advent of gunpowder and more advanced armour.