IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 226: Tournaments, II: Practicalities and Participation

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:Samuel Bradley, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:James Titterton, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 226-aOpen to Everyone except Rebels: Social Boundaries (or Their Absence) in Late Medieval Italian Tournaments
(Language: English)
Samuel Bradley, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Military History, Social History
Paper 226-bTournament and the City
(Language: English)
Eleanor Jayne Wilkinson-Keys, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, 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 the practical and technical aspect of tournaments and explore the tournament space, the identity of the participants, and the arms and armour used. Social borders in tournaments will be investigated to explore restricted or unrestricted space and the physical borders of the list will be discussed as the demarcation between active participant and spectator.