How could Knights afford armor and weapons when metal was expensive in the Middle Ages?

A full suit of plate armor, that is, plates of steel covering almost the entire body of the Knight and his horse, could cost as much as a small farm during the Middle Ages.

The horse itself would cost the same amount, in today’s money, as a luxury car.

Much like playing polo and collecting Swiss bank accounts, being a knight back then was reserved for only the wealthiest of sons.

Being competent wasn’t good enough, you had to have the funding and wealth to afford to be a Knight back then.

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