Get your­self to the med­i­cal tent

All About History - - HOW TO WIN A JOUST -

A knight in full ar­mour fall­ing from a speed­ing horse makes quite a crash. Bro­ken bones oc­curred fre­quently and if not set prop­erly, they could be fa­tal. If a horse fell on its rider then am­pu­ta­tion may be nec­es­sary. Death in tour­na­ments was such a drain on the num­bers of knights that the Church threat­ened to ex­com­mu­ni­cate any­one who took part, and would deny burial by clergy to any who died. Tour­na­ments sur­vived this ban though, even as they claimed the lives of many no­table lords and kings. Henry VIII suf­fered many joust­ing in­juries – he was knocked out by a lance strik­ing him through an open vi­sor in 1524 and nearly killed by a fall in 1536. The lat­ter ac­ci­dent left him un­con­scious for two hours lead­ing to fears of his death. His in­jured leg be­came ul­cer­ous and started the de­cline of a sport­ing young monarch into a grossly obese old man.

Jousts were never com­pletely safe events

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