Hi all, hard to catch running train, but i'll try...
It depends what do you mean by "knight"!
If You mean the mounted warrior (more or less heavy armoured), than i think yes,
such a warriors were among the Goths.
War-parties (Tacitus' commitatus) of mediaval gentes, first members of nobility, followers of some leader ("king"), they generaly fought on horses.
But if you mean knight in the feudal romantic or spiritual sence respectively, then
there were no knights among Goths. Nevertheless, also members of pre-feudal war parties
had their spiritual principles, code of honour, but i'm afraid it was more about the love to the friend in war party, to "brother in arm", or to the leader of the band, than to some beautiful noble maiden... (But note, that also feudal knightly ideal was just an ideal, also knight was in the first place heavy armoured mounted warrior, profesional killer, the core of mediaval army (all the words about service to maiden, or Jesus Christ was secondary - at least i think so...)
P.S. Sorry for my terrible english...
> wrote: --- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, Justïn <justinelf@...> wrote:
> Is there any way we would reconstruct the term "knight" or is that
> too chronologically irresponsible?
Exactly my point, Justïn. There were no knights yet in Gothic times.
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