IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1708: The Tournament as Spectacle, III: Court Culture

Thursday 9 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Raluca Radulescu, Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Bangor University
Paper 1708-aThe Pas d'armes as Spectacle?: Towards a Nuanced Definition of the Passage of Arms
(Language: English)
Cathy Blunk, School of Humanities, Drury University, Missouri
Index terms: Military History, Social History
Paper 1708-bThe Spectacle of Ritual in René d'Anjou's Livre des tournois
(Language: English)
Justin Sturgeon, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Military History, Social History
Paper 1708-cLate Medieval Tournaments as Spectacle: Maximilian I and the Tournaments of his Court
(Language: English)
Natalie Anderson, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Art History - Painting, 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.