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Where and when did Knights live?

Because the Americas were not yet "discovered" by European explorers, medieval knights lived in Europe.

There have been soldiers on horseback for thousands of years, but what we think of as medieval knights first came into being during the time of King Charlemagne (Charles the Great). So, the typical knight we think of was a high ranked soldier who lived between the 9th and 16th centuries. Take a look at the timeline of history below to see when knights were around.

The timeline of Western history

Knight using a catapult

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