Landed knight

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A landed knight is a knight that takes residence in a keep with accompanying land. Knightly families are members of the nobility and their status is hereditary. They have their own peasants and men-at-arms, and may take sworn swords.[1]

Landed knights appear to be similar in nature to the gentry, untitled minor nobility typically distinguished by their knighthood.

Definition

Landed knights are members of nobility, ranking below the titled nobility.[2] Knightly families are normally are too low in rank to marry into great houses;[3] marrying a highborn woman like Brienne of Tarth would be a great achievement for one.[4] Landed knights are not lords,[5] and there are many more of the former; House Osgrey once boasted a score of lesser lordlings and a hundred landed knights as vassals,[1] while House Manderly claims a dozen lords and hundred landed knights as bannermen.[6] A landed knight does not have the authority to deliver justice in their land, specifically the right of pit and gallows. Rather, they must appeal to their liege lord.[1][7][8] Landed knights are sworn to fight for the lord who holds dominion over their land.[7]

Some landed knights are more powerful than smaller lordlings. These knights are usually of ancient houses, with extensive lands and strong castles. Their status is often reflected by taking a style that incorporates the name of their castle, such as Symond Templeton being the "Knight of Ninestars". Regardless, a landed knight has less prestige and is outranked by lords at feasts and tourneys, nonetheless.[8]

According to a semi-canon source, "masters" in the north are similar to southron landed knights.[9]

Examples

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Sworn Sword.
  2. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  3. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
  4. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
  5. The Hedge Knight.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 29, Davos IV.
  7. 7.0 7.1 So Spake Martin: Land Ownership and Marriage in Westeros?, December 19, 1999
  8. 8.0 8.1 So Spake Martin: Knights and Lords, March 02, 2002
  9. A Forum of Ice and Fire: The ASOIAF wiki thread
  10. A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  11. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.