It could take up to 15 years to become a fully trained knight. Seven year old noble boys were sent to be a page on a lord's castle. Here they learnt good manners, basic fighting skills and acted as a servant to the Lord and Lady. The next stage was becoming a squire at 14. They were trained by a knight to fight with real weapons and was incharge of the Knights armour and horse. If the squire proved to be brave and skilful the Lord would knight him. This was called an accolade. The knight wore a red robe (symbol of willingness to shed blood), a white tunic ( sign of purity) and a black jacket (acceptance that he may die). The Lord dubbed the knight by tapping him on the head and shoulder with a sword. At first they wore chain mail, then knights began to wear plate armour.