The Tournament in England, 1100-1400

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Juliet Barker surveys the tournament in England from its first emergence in the twelfth century to the beginning of the fifteenth, when it was revolutionised by the emergence of technical changes which altered its very nature. The original publication of this study, deriving from Juliet Barker's PhD thesis supervised by Maurice Keen, reestablished the importance of the tournament at the heart of medieval chivalric culture. The first serious scholarly publication for over half a century, it dramatically reawakened...

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Juliet Barker surveys the tournament in England from its first emergence in the twelfth century to the beginning of the fifteenth, when it was revolutionised by the emergence of technical changes which altered its very nature. The original publication of this study, deriving from Juliet Barker's PhD thesis supervised by Maurice Keen, reestablished the importance of the tournament at the heart of medieval chivalric culture. The first serious scholarly publication for over half a century, it dramatically reawakened interest in the historical context of tournaments, and is especially valuable for its detailed evidence on the early years. Tournaments are shown as far more than just sport. They had wide political, social and military implications; in England their potential as a political instrument was quickly realised: for the disaffected they became a means of rebellion and feuding, but for the king and court they were a powerful propaganda machine. Participation in tournaments was also a way to earn a coveted reputation for chivalry; the passion for tourneying could bring knights lasting fame. Military demands accounted for the increasing sophistication of armour and weapons, partly in response to the demands of the tourneyers, who needed military training that reflected their role in actual combat. This wide-ranging study looks at the tournament from all these angles, and in so doing produces an exemplary history of the first three hundred years of their development. JULIET BARKER is a well-known broadcaster and writer, whose other books include The Brontes and Wordsworth: A Life in Letters.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780851159423
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/17/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Preface 1
1 The Early Beginnings 4
2 The Tournament and War 17
3 The Tournament and Politics 45
4 The Tournament and the Church 70
5 The Tournament as Spectacle 84
6 The Tourneying Society 112
7 The Forms of Combat 137
8 Tournament Armour 162
Conclusion 188
App. I The Statuta Armorum 191
App. II Tourneying Retinues 193
Bibliography 196
Index 204
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