Piers Plowman


William Langland

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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:
Love Theme Icon
). 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

I shall sweat and strain and sow for us both,
And also labor for your love all my lifetime,
In exchange for your championing Holy Church and me
Against waters and wicked men who would destroy me.

Related Characters: Piers Plowman (speaker), Knight
Page Number: 97
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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.
Passus VI
Social Hierarchy, Community, and Selfishness Theme Icon
Labor vs. Idleness Theme Icon
...for the workers and sacks to hold grain while the men plow the land. A knight asks Piers to teach him how to plow, but Piers tells the knight to focus... (full context)
Corruption Theme Icon
Social Hierarchy, Community, and Selfishness Theme Icon
Labor vs. Idleness Theme Icon
...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)