While the jousting was happening, the heralds were busy working the crowds and sometimes causing trouble.
How tournaments and jousting began in the Middle Ages, and how it evolved throughout the centuries.
In 1464, a knight wrote to a friend asking him for secrets to winning at tournaments – he wanted to know what “hidden art” there was to allow him to gain victory.
A look at the the ‘Tournament Regulations of Bamberg 1478’.
As Henry and William travelled the tournament world far and wide, their adventures and exploits became stuff of legends
Tournaments and jousts were often international gatherings where diplomacy, dramatic re-enactments and fighting all came together. Here we will look at some remarkable examples of these medieval deeds of arms.
When tragedy struck a tournament, the participants and the audience paused to reflect on whether this dangerous game was worth it. At least some of them did.
In this roundtable event, Alan Murray and Karen Watts will highlight some of the groundbreaking research showcased in their new book The Medieval Tournament as Spectacle: Tourneys, jousts and pas d’armes, 1100-1600.
This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle speaks with Dr. Emma Levitt about tournaments and the joust in the Middle Ages. Dr. Levitt tells us all about how to score a joust, how the tournament changed over time, and how jousting was used to mend fences during the Wars of the Roses.
English Heritage has announced that a series of jousting events being held this month will be a bit different from the medieval version. These events will included VAR (Video Assisted Referee) sports technology.
In 1495, during the political negotiations surrounding the imperial diet in Worms, Maximilian I still found time to compete against a famous Burgundian knight in a tournament that was to reach legendary proportions.
The nineteenth century saw a rebirth of fascination with the Middle Ages, although this interest often had more to do with romance than reality. A perfect medium for the expression of this nineteenth-century medievalism was the tournament.
In February, 1511, Henry VIII held a large and lavish tournament at Westminster to honour his wife, Katherine of Aragon, and his newborn son. Natalie Anderson takes a look at this romantic gesture and how it was memorialised.
The tournament, with all its elements of theatre and spectacle, was the ideal showground for martial skill, chivalric values, and medieval masculinity. But, behind the glamour, was a dangerous sport that often involved life or death circumstances.
Making a medieval movie is a difficult task. Natalie Anderson discusses why, in her opinion, one of the best films set during the Middle Ages is 2001’s A Knight’s Tale.
Charles Brandon was the perfect companion for King Henry VIII, whom he resembled in both looks and build. He also shared Henry’s love of the joust, becoming the King’s valiant partner in the lists.
Tournaments were the big-ticket events in the Middle Ages, attracting people from all walks of life to witness great spectacles of sport and entertainment. But how did tournament organizers spread the word?
Appearing in the last century of Middle Ages, the Pas d’Armes are a real example of the undeniable interest held by the nobility of the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance in the arts of warfare and in literature.
You might think that jousting went extinct after the Middle Ages, but it in fact enjoys a strong modern following.
In the tournament, a crest was an unusual and eye-catching piece of a knight’s equipment.
Training for the tournament was an integral part of medieval boyhood.
How did the joust as an event come to replace the tournament proper? The relationship between art and life is of a cyclical nature, meaning that it does not stop with art’s imitation of life, but continues with the roles reversed. This was the relationship between Chretien de Troyes and the medieval nobility.
During the period circa 1380-1440, knights and men-at-arms in England and France engaged in armed combat in a range of different contexts. One of these contexts was in formal combats, which included jousts, judicial duels, and foot combats.
So what does “horsey dancing” have to do with medieval history?