Scor­ing points

All About History - - HOW TO WIN A JOUST -

When jousts stopped be­ing about in­ca­pac­i­tat­ing your op­po­nent, ways were needed to de­ter­mine who had won each bout. In 1466, Sir John Tiptoft wrote his

Or­di­nances, which set out how points were to be scored. The ideal out­come of a joust was to un­horse your foe, but points could also be won by shat­ter­ing your lance into mul­ti­ple frag­ments on your op­po­nent, in­di­cat­ing that you had struck them.

Penal­ties could also be in­flicted that would move you down the rank­ings. A spear that caught and broke on the foe’s sad­dle was bad, but the worst thing a jouster could do was de­lib­er­ately strike the op­pos­ing horse as this led to in­stant dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from the match. Killing a horse could even lead to ejec­tion from the whole tour­na­ment. When Nicholas Clif­ford killed his foe Jean Boucinel in

1381 by hit­ting him in the throat, how­ever, he suf­fered no pun­ish­ment at all – the judge con­sid­ered it to have been an ac­ci­dent.

“Killing a horse could even lead to ejec­tion from the whole tour­na­ment”

Her­alds would pro­claim your suc­cesses loudly if the money was right

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