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At work we have training levels for technical skills that are assessed by qualification tests. Currently there are three levels: page, squire, and knight. I need to add a new level, but from what I understand the path to Knighthood only has those three levels.

What word could be used as an appropriate additional skill level keeping this theme? It could be inserted at any location, before or after any of the three words.

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    Lord, or possibly some title of nobility, like count, or a military title, like commander or general, depending on the particular backstory and the feudal system you're basing it on. Different places had different categories. Dec 7, 2014 at 18:21
  • I'm guessing that despite your "any location" allowance, you're really not looking for "stable boy", "serf", "peasant", "lackey", or the like... :-)
    – Hellion
    Dec 7, 2014 at 20:48
  • . . . but if so, how about "guileless fool"? But I suppose Perceval had to remain that even as a knight (or paladin) in order to obtain the Grail. Dec 7, 2014 at 21:21

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I would suggest Paladin: OED “a knight renowned for heroism and chivalry; a famous champion.” This is more a literary honorific than an official rank, but it has the advantage of suggesting a kind of superiority over the average knight, without implying command authority the way a superior feudal rank would do. I gather the term is fairly well established as a distinct rank or “character class” in the gaming world.

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To continue with your medieval theme other options are in order of rank:

Duke

Viscount

Baron

Knight

Squire

Gentleman

Page

This wiki page has many more higher ranking options.

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    A Viscount is superior to a baron,
    – Martin
    Dec 7, 2014 at 19:49
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    @Martin - perhaps he's a discount viscount.
    – Jim Mack
    Dec 7, 2014 at 21:00
  • @Martin: well-spotted, I've updated the Viscount ranking; no longer discounted.
    – Minnow
    Dec 8, 2014 at 1:27
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Ranking immediately above a Knight (while still below true nobility) may be a Baronet, though this position is not necessarily reached by way of Knighthood.

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  • No it is not, nor did it exist before the seventeenth century. Dec 7, 2014 at 20:24
  • @BrianDonovan Is it a problem that it didn't exist before the C17th? Dec 7, 2014 at 21:03
  • @DavidRicherby I think page-to-squire-to-knight as "path to Knighthood" (OP's term) was rather passé by then. The consensus seems to be that OP is going for some kind of medieval conceit. Dec 7, 2014 at 21:17
  • @BrianDonovan, In the absence of technically-accurate options otherwise, I think that a little license is acceptable, no? Dec 7, 2014 at 23:04

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