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A look back into European history shows that there had been knights from ca. 8th to 14th century. Knights had been armed cavaliers in a knight's armour being loyal and faithful to their King and fighting with and for him.
Of course one could not just become a knight. In best case boys at the age of seven were given to a sovereign or another knight's house to get educated. This included serving as a knave. At the age of 21 the knave was upgraded, accodolade to a knight.
Also today there are knights - at least Knight Bachelors. Queen Elizabeth II knights from time to time male British citizens in recognition of their particuliar merits for the British Empire. These are for example Sean Connery (2000), Elton John (1998), Paul MacCartney (1997), Michael Caine (2000), Alfred Hitchcock (1980), Peter Ustinov (1990). There is no female counterpart to Knight Bachelor. But nevertheless women get conferred the title "Dame Commander of the British Empire". E.g. Helen Mirren (2003), Julie Andrews (1999), Ellen MacArthur (2005), Shirley Bassey (2000), and latest Angelina Jolie (2014).

What do we think when imagine knights? Are these real persons who got knighted for their particuliar merits? Or is it the Pierre du Terrail, seigneur de Bayard (1476–1524), better know as the "Knight without any fear and beyond reproach"? Is it Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table searching for the Holy Grail? Or maybe "Don Quichotte" from Mancha (Spain) who did fight against windmills because he took them for being giants? Do we think about virtuously behaviour against others?

Our knight guards the castle seen in the picture with pride and reliability. He is fair and able to estimate if others need his help. If so he will defense those and behave as a real knight. Maybe he's the "Brave Knight" who gave this name to the manufacturers building "Mutiger Ritter" in Bad Kösen already in 1662. Find out about it!

Height: 40 cm (~ 16")
Colour: Brown plush, silvery knight's armour, red coat
Material: Plush, imitation leather, felt and best fabrics
Filling: Hollow core fibres
Manufacturer: Kösener Spielzeug Manufaktur, Germany

The proceeds of this sale will be donated to a children's charity organisation.


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