Tournaments : Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages

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"Will appeal to a wide audience. It is beautifully presented...the illustrations add further glory to a thorough historical analysis which is based on extensive research in Europe-wide sources... particularly useful in bringing to our attention lesser-known materials from the Iberian peninsula. The level of discussion, range and thoroughness of treatment and excellence of annotation make this a useful reference work for the academic historian too: it is hard to find any aspect of tournaments that is not covered."HISTORY

The first serious study of tournaments throughout Europe reveals their importance - in the training of the medieval knight, the development of arms and armour, as an instrument of political patronage, and as a grand public spectacle.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 216 x 304 x 13.46mm | 943.47g
  • The Boydell Press
  • Woodbridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed
  • 42 Illustrations, color; 102 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0851157815
  • 9780851157818
  • 1,053,892

Table of contents

The origins of the tournament; the tournament in north-west Europe to 1400; the tournament in Germany - Italy - Spain; the late medieval and Renaissance tournament - spectacles - pas d'armes - challenges; the dangers of tournaments - spiritual condemnation and public disorder; tournament armour; tournaments as events.
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About Richard Barber

Richard Barber has published widely on medieval history. The Knight and Chivalry won the 1971 Somerset Maugham Award. His other major interest is historical biography with books on Henry Plantagenet and the Black Prince. His most recent book is Edward III and the Triumph of England: The Battle of Crecy and the Order of the Garter.
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