The most common title , allowing the holder to call himselfSir” or herselfLady“. A Knighthood is not transferable, lasting only the lifetime of the holder. The term “Knight “, has come to be identified with a mounted warrior in service of his sovereign, but the earliest known usage of the term in Britain was Alfred the Greats knighting of his infant grandson, Athelstan (c.890). So, in its original form, a Knighthood may have carried religious or political significance as a sign of investiture.


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