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A youth destined to follow a Military career normally began his apprenticeship as a page attending tournaments and ceremonies. He learned the techniques of war as a squire, following his patron on campaigns, as banner and weapon bearer.

When fully proficient, he was ready for knighthood and received the accolade by being touched on the shoulder with a flat sword. This ceremony might be performed by the King as part of an elaborate feast or by his Lord on the battlefield. The new Knight often received his own banners, arms, titles and an appointment to an Order of Chivalry.

Although Knights who are members of an Order take precedence over Knights Bachelor, members of the latter group belong to the most ancient title of Honour known in Britain.

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