Note: Knightcore, the aesthetic, is not to be confused with Nightcore, the music genre.

Knightcore is a Royalcore sub-aesthetic inspired by medieval knights. Knightcore has a large presence on Tumblr. There is also a portion of the aesthetic community that related Knightcore to Rangercore, using the shared themes of combat and nature visuals.


Fashion

Real and Fantasy

Due to their practical purposes, historically accurate and historically-inspired knight attire is generally uncomfortable and regarded as inappropriate for everyday wear and most formal occasions. They are mostly used in art and cosplay.

  • Leather
  • Metal armor
  • Gauntlets
  • Chainmail
  • Vests
  • Cloaks
  • Crowns
  • Jewelry, especially rings
  • Sheaths
  • Swords
  • Shields

Practical

  • Layering (eg. firm fabrics on soft)
  • Tucked shirts
  • Leather
  • Metal
  • Headpieces, eg. small crowns
  • Sun and moon designs
  • Corsets
  • Puff sleeves
  • Vests
  • Gloves
  • Belts
  • Buckles
  • Jewelry, especially rings and bracelets
  • Boots
  • Chains
  • Small bags and pouches

Visuals

Knightcore uses visuals similar to other Royalcore sub-aesthetics, but differs in its focus on knighthood, war, and adventure. Here is a short list of common Knightcore visuals:

  • Wide, open skies
  • Fields
  • Crosses
  • Palaces and castles
  • Medieval marketplaces
  • Horses
  • Metal, especially armor
  • Chainmail
  • Swords
  • Daggers
  • Shields
  • Leather
  • Flags, especially medieval flags
  • Symbolic imagery
  • Fire
  • Blood
  • Forests, especially during autumn and winter


Media

Written Works

  • Krzyżacy (Knights of the Teutonic Order) by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Grażyna by Adam Mickiewicz

Films

  • A Knight's Tale (2001)
  • Braveheart (1995)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  • El Cid (1961)

Music

Playlists

YouTube

Bands

  • Blind Guardian
  • Jethro Tull
  • Rush (Caress of Steel, A Farewell to Kings)


Resources

Accounts

Tumblr


Gallery

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