A page or page boy is a traditionally young male servant, sometimes also called a bowitt.
In medieval times, a page was an attendant to a knight; an apprentice squire. A young boy served as a page for seven years, serving, cleaning, and even learning the basics of combat, and the lord he was working for would usually treat him fairly. The lord sometimes gave the page private combat training from the age of seven – after starting cutting hair – until he was fourteen.
At age fourteen, he could graduate to become a squire, and by age 21, perhaps a knight himself.
Similar pages served in castles, and great houses fetching things and running messages for aristocrats and royalty. These boys were often the scions of other great families who were learning the ropes of the manorial system by watching and learning. Their residence in the house served as a goodwill gesture between the two families involved and helped them gain political contacts for their adult lives.