Black Knight vs White Knight IRL?

The EnderThe Ender Registered User regular
...I'm just curious:

Does the motif of black knights vs white knights have any sort of historical roots? Like, was there ever a major conflict between two houses where one house used a mostly black scheme for it's banners / uniforms while the other house used a mostly white scheme?

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  • GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    I seriously doubt it. Mankind has always used light and darkness as metaphors for good and evil, and since knights were the elite warriors of their day who represented countries, houses, and causes on the battlefield and through traditions of heraldry, it was natural and inevitable that people would conceive the idea of a knight who represents light/good or a knight who represents darkness/evil.

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  • PedroAsaniPedroAsani Brotherhood of the Squirrel [Prime]Registered User regular
    Originally they weren't knights, just horses. And the colours weren't black and white, but any two opposing colours. Red, Green, Blue. Whatever helped differentiate the pieces.

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  • GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    PedroAsani wrote: »
    Originally they weren't knights, just horses. And the colours weren't black and white, but any two opposing colours. Red, Green, Blue. Whatever helped differentiate the pieces.

    You seem to be thinking about chess. I believe the OP is asking about real life, historical conflicts.

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  • The EnderThe Ender Registered User regular
    Well, to be honest, my curiosity was sparked by the color representations in chess - so thanks for that, @PedroAsani‌ .

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  • JebusUDJebusUD Adventure! Candy IslandRegistered User regular
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_knight

    looks like it lists a few people. Mostly known that way because of black armor, not because they were evil or something.

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    Guess it always comes down to.
  • EncEnc A Fool with Compassion The Land of Flowers (and Dragons)Registered User regular
    In the earliest forms of chess the Knight was actually representative of an entire unit of cavalry, rather than a single soldier. Pawns were infantry, bishops were elephants, and rooks were chariots.

    Then France got involved.

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