Jousting - Fame and Glory
The Medieval Jousting Knights represented their liege lord or were entering the
tournament in order to win the purse, or prize money. In early
tournaments the losing knight would forfeit his armor and his horse
which would be claimed by the victor. Fame and Glory were also good
reasons for the Medieval Knights Jousting knights to enter a tournament.
Different types of
Medieval Knights Jousting
There were two types of Medieval Knights Jousting events during the Medieval times of the Middle Ages the
'Joust a plaisance' and the 'Pas d'armes'
Joust a plaisance - A
series of elimination Medieval Knights Jousting contests which were held over over
several days. An overall Medieval Knights Jousting winner would be determined
Pas d'armes or passage
of arms Medieval Knights Jousting event - A Knight would send out a proclamation that
he would take on all Medieval Knights Jousting challengers at a specific time and
Origins of Medieval
The origins of Medieval Knights
Jousting can be
traced to any war time in early history was dependent upon equestrian
skills - for instance, the horsemanship of the Mongols was legendary.
The Gladiatorial contests fought in the arena's built across
Europe were banned in 404AD. But the battles fought in the arenas were
remembered and changed into games to enable soldiers to practise skills
which did not culminate in the death or injury of participants. Old
games were revived where the battles of antiquity were replayed in those
such as the 'Game of Troy'. The tournaments of the Middle Ages replaced
the gladiatorial games of the Roman arena but with far less fatalities
and bloodshed and far more finesse. The Code of Chivalry was an
important element of the tournament and the Medieval Knights Jousting event. It is
interesting to note that the word 'joust' is derived from the
Roman 'juxtare', which means "to meet together". Click the link at the
top of the page to discover the History of Medieval Knights Jousting.