Medieval Jousting


Jousts were, from the 13th to 16th century CE, a popular part of the European medieval tournament where knights showed off their martial skills by riding against one another with wooden lances in a designated area known as the lists. The two opposing knights, from c. 1400 CE, were separated by a barrier or tilt, hence the sport's other name of tilting. Jousting was an important opportunity for heraldic display, general pageantry, and the chance for a knight to impress aristocratic ladies who might show them favour by giving them their scarf or veil. Jousting fell out of fashion by the end of the Middle Ages, but there were occasional revivals up to the 19th century CE.

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  • 1127
    A jousting tournament is held in Wurzburg in Germany.
  • 1167 - 1183
    Sir William Marshal competes, and remains undefeated, in medieval tournaments.
  • 19 Aug 1186
    Geoffrey, Count of Brittany and son of Henry II of England, dies in an accident at a medieval tournament.
  • 1278
    Windsor Castle hosts a great medieval tournament.
  • c. 1348
    Edward III of England creates the Order of the Garter, a chivalric order for knights with its headquarters at Windsor Castle
  • 1390
    John de Hastings, Earl of Pembroke, is killed from a groin injury during a jousting tournament.
  • Jun 1520
    The Field of the Cloth of Gold pageant is held just outside Calais for Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France.
  • 1559
    Henry II of France is killed in a jousting tournament.