Would you consider special forces to be modern Knights
Our current centralized government, military bureaucracy and industry means soldiers do not have to be supported by feudal system and buy their own military equipment.
Knighthood holds more political meaning than just being trained and having access to prohibited weapons and armor.
Hell, the merchantt guild leaders were so wealthy and held influence that they could own armor and be defacto knights.
Professional mercenaries or men-at-arms could be well trained and funded to be just as good as knights or better.
historical knights were such because they could fund a horse. That's pretty expensive in upkeep cost.
following how military tradition evolved over the years from knights -> noble officer corps, modern officers are the closest thing to knights, but not really in any functional sense.
>nobility and decked out in tacticool armor whose parents are landowners that the peasants pay tax to
=trust fund gear queer tripfags
Prince Harry is the closest modern equivalent to a knight because for all practical purposes, that's what he is. He's probably one of the only people on earth that checks all the boxes.
Knights held political power
There was a much larger difference between a knight and a levy than a professional soldier and a special forces
There really is not comparison. I always find it so stupid when people compare modern troops to Spartans or Vikings or some shit like that. We can't even begin to imagine how harsh the environment of those ancient soldiers was, you can't compare that to how comparatively easy we have it today, especially with how we're either allied or co-dependent with everyone that could match us in the field.
The thing that gets me is how the fuck they got places. By ship. Open ships. No belowdecks. So you get to sit in the North Atlantic, being sprayed by freezing water, for fucking days. Your only protection is fucking furs, your only way to keep warm is rowing.
Christ fuck that so much. I literally can't even begin to imagine how miserable it must have been.
WTF tripcode are taking over the board
low end landowners with military obligations. the actual definition of a knight is complicated and changed over time. they could be both the lowest rank and highest ranked of the aristocracy, as high born sons would often live as knights before they inherited. it's a bit complicated.
this is probably the best answer in the thread.
not really, no. for one, a soldier today, even and infantry grunt, carries far more equipment than at any time in history. ancient armies were a lot less mobile than modern light infantry even without vehicles. usually when confronted with harsh weather the main approach of your ancient soldier was to freeze to death. i am not even joking.