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Discussion: Similarities and Differences of Samurai and Knights

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Similarities
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Both followed a strict code of behavior. For Samurai, that code was Bushido (need to explain) and for knights that code was Chivalry- loyal to your feudal lord, your heavenly Lord, and your chosen lady. Both had to swear loyalty to their lords. For Samurai that lord was known as a daimyo.
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Differences
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Knights were usually Christian, while Samurai followed Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism. One group of warriors were European, while the other was Japanese. Both wore different types of protective gear. Knights wore armor and Samurai were guarded by bamboo gear.
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Feudalism
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Feudalism- System of government where nobles are granted land that legally belongs to the king, in exchange for loyalty, military service, and protection from the people who live on the land. and started in both Europe and Japan because of weak central governments. Both periods had powerful ulindividuals behind the throne. In Europe, the pope was over the king because he had the power to excommunicate. In Japan, the shogun was more powerful then the emperor because he controlled the military.