5766Re: [EKSouth] some jousting history
- Mar 9, 2004Jeffrey, may I place this in the Barony of Bhakail's Salamander newsletter?
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Subject: [EKSouth] some jousting history
> Greetings, All,
> The following is another item from my weekly History Book Club newsletter.
Thought it would interest you. Not sure about the comment on mobility at the
> Geoffrey of Bleasdale
> Jousting: A Deadly Sport in the Age of Chivalry
> Although much romanticized in film and literature, medieval jousting was
in fact a serious and deadly event in which heavily armored knights mounted
horses and rode at one another with 14-foot wooden lances aimed for the
heart. In one 11th-century jousting tournament alone, 60 knights died, and
in another a father tragically killed his son. First held in ancient Rome,
jousting tournaments were revived in the 11th century as a way for knights
to hone their fighting skills during peacetime.
> In preparation for warfare, medieval knights engaged in mock battles
called "melees," which pitted one band of knights jousting against another
in an open field. This form of jousting was the most brutal of all.
Participants rushed at each other, using any means possible to knock an
opponent out of the saddle, which was specially designed with a foot-high
back to prevent just this. A knight's armor could weigh up to 50 pounds, and
together with the undergarments it made jousting in the summer months an
> It was not long before this form of military training became an immensely
popular sport and the mainstay of medieval tournaments. Competition grew
fiercer and bloodier--and even profitable, as a champion jouster might
commandeer the loser's horse and armor or even hold him for ransom. Dismayed
by the carnage, the Church eventually banned the sport in the 11th century
and declared, "Those who fall in tourneys will go to hell."
> By the mid-13th century, however, jousting had returned. It was more
popular than ever, but with significant changes. In these "pleasure jousts,"
the knights' wooden lances were dulled and made thinner so they would snap
on contact. A successful joust resulted in the spectacular splintering of
lances without injury to either knight. Eventually, knights aimed their
lances not at each other but at rings suspended from poles. A knight was
judged by his ability to control a powerful, charging horse while
manipulating a lance, with vision and movement severely restricted by the
armor he wore.
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