This work will avoid the romanticized notions of the knight of the Middle Ages and will instead focus on the abilities these men were required to have as skilled warriors in comparison to those required from the thegns and the housecarls. It will begin with a study of the Late Anglo-Saxon military to be followed with the establishment of the housecarl by the Danish monarchs of the late tenth and early eleventh centuries in England. The thegn and the housecarl will be shown as somewhat “training figures” for what the Normans would eventually bring over to the island: individuals that made the transition not too radical. Lastly it will look at the already settled army organization of the Anglo-Norman period that began in the late eleventh century, to determine which elements from the Anglo-Saxon past remained in the figure of the knight. Therefore, while it will show that the knight was indeed introduced by the tip of his sword during the Norman invasion, it will also indicate how the original Saxon warrior paved his path with the tip of his own sword.