She laughs, “Coming to Salisbury, Sir, I know you don’t spend much time in court but surely you know Salisbury’s nobility? Besides which the commoner squires you mentioned will never be knighted, their mercantile fathers paid for them to page and now have paid for them to squire, but their blood is not noble, only their money keeps them where they are right now. They will almost all become esquires, but it keeps the peace to give them that. I will never be a knight, how could I? While the pages were learning to care for armour, I learnt to apply makeup. While the squires were learning swordplay and war, I learnt to speak to a gentleman such that I don’t make him feel inferior, a skill I never did master” she winks.
“No, I shall never be a knight, no matter where I travel, unless you would have one who has never worn armour or held a sword standing shoulder to shoulder against the Saxons with you. I think long before we train together, we should train up your skills in court otherwise how will you impress any ladies who might catch your eye?”