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.
The recent translation of the 15th-century work known as Le Jouvencel is going to something that many medievalists will want to read.
Movies about the MIddle Ages often show peasants defeating knights. Was this true in history?
One can find countless examples of people in our modern world lamenting the ‘end of chivalry.’ It might be surprising to hear that medieval people were making the same claims, as far back as the 13th century.
I have at times been so miserably poor that I had not a horse to mount, at other times rich enough, just as good fortune befell me.
Medieval humour! Here are a few jokes and witticisms from the Hundred Years War.
Here are two types of soldiers who attained prominence in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Chronicle is how it depicts the love of his soldiers for him, and his love for them. It shows his friends observing him in action. The Chronicle is as much a portrait of Louis’ circle of friends as it is of Louis himself.
If you asked anyone to name ten disasters of the European Middle Ages, or even five, their list would certainly include the Black Death and the Hundred Years War.
This kind of war did not look like the campaigns of kings; more often captains used trickery to defeat their enemies and plunder the opposing soldiers’ accumulated treasure.
At the feasts of Christmas, which he kept with great solemnity, crowds of knights and squires from Gascony waited on him, to all of whom he gave splendid entertainments.