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Were there knights in the 1500's and were they used commonly as part of a military force?

I understand that there are "knights" today but it is simply a title. What I am asking is: What are the roles and duties of a knight?

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Yes... The knight was one of three types of fighting men during the middle ages: Knights, Foot Soldiers, and Archers. http://library.thinkquest.org/10949/fief/medknight.html

It was the duty of a Knight to learn how to fight and so serve their Lord according to the Code of Chivalry. The Code of Chivalry dictated that a Knight should be brave and fearless in battle but would also exhibit cultured Knightly qualities showing themselves to be devout, courteous and generous. Weapon practise included enhancing skills in the two-handed sword, battle axe, mace, dagger and lance. A Knight would be expected to guard the Castle and support his liege lord in Medieval warfare.
http://www.castles.me.uk/medieval-knights.htm

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