A lowborn knight who worked for the Holy Roman Emperor, protecting his interests in the German principalities.
Related term(s): Knight; Chivalry; Lance (Military Unit); Destrier; Knight-bachelor; Mounted
Category: Military - General
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.