A name of ancient Anglo-Saxon roots and one redolent of martial valour and chivalry, ‘Knight’ features prominently in the historical record.
While some of the name gained fame on the battlefield, others have achieved acclaim at international level through a colourful and diverse range of other endeavours.
Ranked at the time of writing as the 47th richest person in the world, Phil Knight, born in Oregon in 1938, is the American entrepreneur who in 1969 co-founded the Nike brand of sportswear.
In the world of contemporary music Gladys Knight, known as ‘The Empress of Soul’, is the multi-award-winning American singer, songwriter and actress who first achieved fame through her band Gladys Knight and the Pips, and whose international hits include Midnight Train to Georgia and the Grammy Award-winning Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to say Goodbye).
Chronicled here are the stirring lives and times of the Knights of both yesteryear and today.