SAMURAIS AND KNIGHTS: WERE THEIR SIMILARITIES GREATER THAN THEIR DIFERENCES?
The Medieval Era saw the emergence of two distinct warrior classes in Europe and Japan. These were the Samurai’s and the Knights. They were marked in history as a code for courage and sacrifice. Never had the world seen such courageous and dedicated warriors before them. Although, they represented two different cultures; they were similar in several ways. The Samurai’s were the military class warriors of Japan. The Knights were the military class defenses and protectors of the Church in Europe, and they were the most significant figure of the feudal system of the European Middle Ages. These warriors acted as retainers to greater lords, fighters, and the enforcers of policy and morality. Samurai and Knights were more similar than different in three broad areas, but their differences still exceeded the similarities by a vast amount. These areas included social position, training, armor, and honor and death. Social pyramids were used to see who was lower and higher in society. Social class also showed how much power Knights and Samurai were given. Knights and Samurai both also had armor for war. Their armor covered most of their bodies and some on the horses they rode. The differences were greater than the similarities. The differences were greater because the samurai and knights were both religious but they have many differences. The three categories are: Weapons and Armor, Beliefs, Training. The samurai and knights weapons and armor has similarities. One similarity is they both ride horses because their armor is heavy. The second is they both wear armor for protection. The last similarity is their armor is made of iron. The samurai and knights weapons and armor has differences. One difference is the samurai's right arm was not covered and the knight wear their armor head to toe. The second difference is the knight’s armor was heavier than the samurai which is resulting to different fighting styles. The samurai and knight's beliefs has similarities. That similarity is they both include