Medieval Glossary


In chivalry, the squire was the shield-bearer or armour-bearer to the knight. Promoted from the rank of page at about the age of fourteen, squires were further trained in knightly pursuits. The squire was a candidate for the honor of knighthood, and thus stood to the knight in relation of a novice or an apprentice, performing any tasks that the knight might require. Typically, squires were knighted at the age of 20-21. When fully equipped each knight was attended by two squires. Also called an 'esquire.'

Related term(s): Knight; Esquire; Squire of the Body; Armiger; Damoiseau; Page
Category: Knighthood and Chivalry
Added: 08.08.04
Last modified: 08.06.05
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 151; Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 21.


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