IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1508: The Tournament as Spectacle, I: Honour and Status

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1508-aFor Fame and Honour: Ideas of Honour as Reflected in the Medieval Tournament
(Language: English)
James Titterton, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Military History, Social History
Paper 1508-bJoust for fun?: The Danger of Using the Guise of a Tournament for Social and Political Advancement in the Hundred Years War
(Language: English)
Karen Watts, Royal Armouries, Leeds / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Military History, Social History
Paper 1508-cTournaments and Social Status: The Profile of Tourneyers in the Late Medieval Low Countries
(Language: English)
Mario Damen, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Military History, Social History
Abstract

The period from the 13th to the 16th centuries witnessed a rapid development of the tournament. Alongside the original tourney, a mass battle fought between opposing armies of knights with minimal and rudimentary regulation, new forms of chivalric military contests emerged, in which representation and entertainment figured just as much as the necessity of practice for warfare. The joust featured individual combats, with increasingly elaborate rules and variations in form and accompanying pageantry, while the passage of arms placed tournaments within theatrical and allegorical formats. Such events, particularly at the courts of France, Burgundy, England, and the German principalities, were increasingly integrated in wider festivities, ceremonies, and diplomatic negotiations.