One of the ways a
knight could practice and improve his skills without actually
going into battle was to enter a tournament. In addition to
practice, a knight
could win public acclaim as well as money by winning a
The tournament area
would be either walled off with a temporary fence
or maybe just roped off. The nobles sat in wooden stands while the
commoners would sit in the fields nearby to watch. A tournament
was a big event and people came from far away to watch.
tournament's activities included all the skills a knight was supposed
to have. There would be fighting of all types as well as contests
of poetry and song. The two favorite events were
the joust and melee.
Jousting was combat between two
knights. The two started from opposite sides of a field and
charged their horses towards each other. The goal was to knock the
other knight off his horse. They started with lances then when the
lances broke they used swords or axes.
Broken bones and even death were normal to the joust.
was combat between two teams of knights and squires. The goal was
to capture the flag each knight and squire had on their back.
They wore armor and used swords, axes and clubs to do this. Again
broken bones and deaths were common.
is still practiced today (with a lot more safeguards in place to limit
injury) at many Renaissance fairs and tournaments
and is practiced by the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Society for Creative Anachronism Youth and Family Achievement Program
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