Stage 1: Page
Once a boy reached the age of seven, he would be sent to live with a another lord and his family; this was known as fostering. He would then learn to ride a horse, use a sword, sing, manners and dance.
Stage 2: Squire
At 14, the boy started to learn to fight on horseback. He would accompany the lord into battle, look after his horse and weapons and help the lord dress for battle and tournaments.
Stage 3: Knight
At 21, the boy was eligible to become a knight. He spent the night before the ceremony in prayer in the chapel. He then took part in the ceremony of dubbing. He swore the oath of chivalry and the lord touched him on the shoulders with a sword.