Choose your tour­na­ment type

All About History - - HOW TO WIN A JOUST -

Once you are a trained knight, you are ready to en­ter your first tour­na­ment – so long as you have a well-trained horse, ar­mour and suf­fi­cient pres­tige to be ac­cepted. Now you must choose which type of com­pe­ti­tion you wish to en­ter. Tour­na­ments were held for many rea­sons like at the cel­e­bra­tion of a mar­riage, the sign­ing of a treaty, coro­na­tions of kings and queens, or even just to en­liven the bore­dom of long sieges.

A chal­lenge in the joust could take place ‘à plai­sance’, with weapons de­signed for safety, or ‘à out­rance’, with the deadly weapons of war. Even friendly matches could turn lethal though, so make sure that your com­pe­ti­tion is one that’s worth en­ter­ing.

An in­ter­na­tional tour­ney could bring you fame through­out Eu­rope but it could also bring scan­dal. In 1362, seven knights dressed up as the Seven Deadly Sins and al­legedly chal­lenged all com­ers to de­feat them, shock­ing pious ob­servers.

Jousts took many forms but were al­ways very pub­lic

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