This week we take a look at the wild world of jousting, historical and modern. Originally a diversion for bored cavalry soldiers, it evolved into a pro sport and way of life for a whole class of people, then died out in the 17th century, then revived briefly in the 1830s, and today can be found at Renaissance festivals and historic sites around the world.
For photos and supplemental tidbits, be sure to visit Gordon’s blog.
Show notes and links:
- James Monroe’s birthday (April 28, 1758)
- World’s Columbian Exposition (1893)
- RMS Lusitania sunk by German U-boat (1915)
- Archery ballistics – Lindybeige (youtube.com)
- American Jouster (2005)
- Knightriders (1981) (imdb.com)
- The Lion in Winter (1968) (imdb.com)
- Ivanhoe Official Trailer #1 – George Sanders (1952) (youtube.com)
- Men of Iron, by Howard Pyle (1891)
- Jousting (wikipedia.org)
- William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke
- Henry II of France killed in jousting accident
- Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard
- Quintain (jousting) –
- Eglinton Tournament of 1839 (the revival of jousting)
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