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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1608: The Tournament as Spectacle, II: Equipment and Iconography

Thursday 9 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Karen Watts, Royal Armouries, Leeds / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1608-a'Alle myn harneys for the justes': Jousting Equipment in the 14th and 15th Centuries
(Language: English)
Ralph Moffat, Glasgow Museums, Glasgow
Index terms: Military History, Social History
Paper 1608-bThe Tournament Saddle
(Language: English)
Marina Viallon, Independent Scholar, Saint Mandé
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Military History, Social History
Paper 1608-cTournaments, Battles, and the War against the Turk: Gonzaga Armour in Medieval and Early Renaissance Portraiture
(Language: English)
Paolo Bertelli, Dipartimento 'Tempo Spazio Immagine Società' (TeSIS), Università degli studi di Verona
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Painting, Crusades, Military History

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.