Landed knight

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A landed knight is a knight that takes residence in a keep with accompanying land. They have their own peasants and men-at-arms and may take sworn swords.

While the wealthiest knights manage more land than the poorest lords, landed knights do not have the authority to deliver justice in their land, the power of pit and gallows. Rather, they must appeal to their liege lord.[1][2] Landed knights are sworn to fight for the lord who holds dominion over their land.

According to George R. R. Martin, 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". A landed knight has less prestige, however, and is outranked by lords at feasts and tourneys.[3]


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