IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 126: Tournaments, I: Chivalric Literature and Masculinity

Monday 6 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:Eleanor Jayne Wilkinson-Keys, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Eleanor Jayne Wilkinson-Keys, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 126-aThe Prince That Was Promised: Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, at the Barriers and the Construction of His Martial Identity
(Language: English)
Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Military History, Technology
Paper 126-b'This is the best knight who has ever been': Comparing Depictions of Early Tournaments in the History of William Marshal and Gautier de Tournay's History of Gilles de Chin
(Language: English)
James Titterton, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Military History, Social History
Paper 126-cTournaments, Deeds of Arms, and Reputation Management: Advancement in the Career of Boucicaut
(Language: English)
James Beswick, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Military History, Social History
Abstract

The tournament was a key arena for knights to perform deeds of arms and gain a reputation for prowess before viewing stands of spectators. Demonstrating prowess in the tournament could bring tangible rewards in a knight’s career, bringing status, office, and wealth. This session will discuss ideas about tournaments, the representation of self, and masculinity both during and after the combat. The spectacle of the tournament, and how it was remembered and portrayed after the event, will be investigated and the place of tournaments in confirming chivalric status will be explored.