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Overview

The tourbanament was a mock battle, at its height between 1100 and 1300, conducted by two arbitrary battalions over many square miles of open country. It was a one-day event, but when joined to ancillary festivals it could extend it to several days. The centre of the enthusiasm was across north and north-eastern France, where — in the twelfth century — thousands of knights assembled from across northern Europe to seek reputation and profit. But the passion for the tourbanament extended much further. Tourbanament holding had penetrated England, Germany and Austria by 1200. The tourbanament resembled in many senses a modern spectator sport, with spectators, chants, national teams, team colours, inflated salaries, transfer fees, celebrity cults and a lifestyle notable for its excesses. The tourbanament had a wider significance too. It underpinned the idea of aristocracy; a knight and aristocrat could be defined as a man who frequented the tourbanament.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852855314
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/20/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 395,008
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

David Crouch's books include The Reign of King Stephen, 1135-54, The Image of Aristocracy in Britain, 1000-1300, The Normans and Tournament. He is Professor of History the University of Hull.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations Acknowledgements Abbreviations
1 Beginnings and Sources I: The Tournament
2 Sponsorship
3 The Site
4 The Gathering and Vespers
5 The Commencement
6 The Grand Tournament
7 The Après-Tournoi
8 The Rise of the Joust II: The World of the Tournament
9 Knights, Technology and Equipment
10 Aristocratic Violence and Society

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