With renaissance faire season in full flower, we have a guest post from medieval mystery author Jeri Westerson.
Now, it’s time to, well, get medieval. Take it away, Jeri.
Man and horse was a formidable force in the Middle Ages, galloping across Europe and beyond to conquer, to destroy, to impose their will on their neighbors. And a mounted knight still cuts a romantic figure in our imaginations today, regardless of whether that knight upheld the chivalric ideals that legends like King Arthur have told us they do.
First, they were chevalier, horsemen (a horse is a cheval in French). These ancient horsemen evolved into the ruling class. Being a knight was an expensive proposition.