Choose your tournament type
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