Obviously knighthoods are still given out, but when did they end as a real military or social institution. I've been watching the movies based on Henryk Sienkiewicz novels. The word "knight" as been used several times in a pretty genuine manner. These take place in the mid 1600s which is long after I thought the traditional idea of a "knight" had passed into history. In trying to find an answer to this question, I read that the last English knight to be debased was Francis Mitchell (in 1621) So, did knights really play a real role in Early Modern Europe?