The knight signifies the nobility in Piers Plowman’s ideal (but short-lived) feudal society. Although he is supposed to keep order and protect the people, he is too meek to do so, underscoring the way that feudal society can only work properly when all of the estates (social classes) work together.
Knight Quotes in Piers Plowman
The Piers Plowman quotes below are all either spoken by Knight or refer to Knight. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the W. W. Nortona & Company edition of Piers Plowman published in 2006.).
Passus VI Quotes
Knight Character Timeline in Piers Plowman
The timeline below shows where the character Knight appears in Piers Plowman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...crippled to be excused from labor. Their dishonesty and idleness anger Piers, who asks the knight to reestablish order. The knight gently asks the fakers to return to their work, but... (full context)