IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 534: The Tournament in Late Medieval Europe, I

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Center for Medieval Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Organiser:Mario Damen, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Moderator/Chair:Mario Damen, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Paper 534-aDebating Tournaments and Trial by Combat in Valois France
(Language: English)
Craig D. Taylor, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Heraldry, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 534-bThe Influence of Tournament on Courtly Culture in Late Medieval Europe
(Language: English)
Henri Simonneau, Université de Lille III - Charles de Gaulle
Paper 534-cJousting, Elite Formation, and Urbanisation in 14th-Century Flanders
(Language: English)
Frederik Buylaert, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
Index terms: Heraldry, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Abstract

In these sessions the social aspects of tournament culture in late medieval society will be explored. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, the tournament became a more formalized, ritualized, and exclusively aristocratic event. Several historians have already pointed at this tendency towards ‘greater exclusiveness’, especially in the Low Countries. But is this true for all European counties? And what effects did the ‘aristocratisation’ of the tournament have on the tournament forms and on the way the tournament functioned as a platform of exchange between the princely household and the noble and urban elites?