The dignity of Knight Bachelor is a part of the British honours system. It refers to someone who has been knighted by the monarch but not as a member of one of the organized Orders of Chivalry. Knights Bachelor are the most ancient sort of British knight, existing during the reign of King Henry III, but they rank below members in the various orders. There is no female equivalent and women deserving an honour of this rank are appointed Dame Commander in The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions.
In this group of Warwick, the Knight Bachelor will include both male & female as true knight's of the order equally. Knights were professional soldiers, high in the order of chivalry, bearing the most noble arms, and riding the best horses. Most knights traveled looking for work , to do battle. An invading army in 1066 and the need for the people of the crown to supply fighters for the home lands brought noble knighthood and chivalry to England.
By the 11th century, these professional soldiers were approaching nobility, but there were later developments. Heraldry took shape during the 12th century, and that the number of knights declined from the 13th century onwards. The true knight disappeared in the 16th century in France and much earlier in other countries. Knighthood flourished before the time of guns and gunpowder when battles were still being won by hand-to-hand combat of heavy armored knights.
Before Becoming a Knight Bachelor, must be able to complete the following:
1. Learn the rules of heraldry. Be able to identify by name the tinctures,
metals, and furs, and the laws governing them. Be able to identify by name on
sight the basic divisions of fields, lines of partition, and ordinaries. Be able
to list at least 10 charges and their proper names. Be able to explain the rules
of helmets, crests, mantles, coronets, and badges. Identify all coats of arms of
the Offices of Warwick.
2. Develop and register your coat of arms with the Officer of Arms.
3. Make a surcoat and battle shield with your coat of arms.
4. Acquire medium or high impact armor (depending on your field of combat) plus the tools and equipment appropriate for the position.
5. Write a 2000 word essay on the time period you are portraying.
6. Compete in at least 10 organized tournaments, contests, or formal challenges.
7. Read the Marshal's Handbook and pass the Marshal's Test. Have it graded by the Deputy Crown Marshal and return the results in to the Crown Marshal.
8. Earn certification as a field marshal.
9. Aid in marshaling at least four tournaments.
10. Sponsor a Squire.
12. Write a 1,500-word essay on the progression of arms, armour or warfare in the Medieval/Renaissance time period.
13. Memorize the Knight's Code.
14. Enter & complete the Trials of Knighthood.
15.Obtain a Knight's Badge to be presented at court.
16.Earn 3,000 points
When a Knight Sponsors a member for Knighthood he/she will need to guide their member in the studies needed to become a Knight of Warwick and the Knight will need to keep track of all accomplishments their student has achieved and inform the Crowns when the student is ready for the next level of their trials.