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posted 07-15-2004 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I hope this doesn't sound like a dumb question, but how does a joust work? I've seen movies, and read books, but all of them seem to have a different perspective on the rules of a joust. I was just wondering if anyone could clear this up.

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posted 07-23-2004 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for deborahknowles   Click Here to Email deborahknowles     Edit/Delete Message
As far as I know it was on some sort of points system, although it did vart from country to country and as time went on. Even if you unhorsed your opponent, the competition could continue on foot with swords. perhaps someone else knows better?


posted 07-23-2004 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
thanks for the info. It helps a little.

posted 07-23-2004 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
A standard joust just came down to last man standing. Worked in pairs, as each man was unhorsed he was out. Finally the last two met, and the one still in the saddle at the end won.
Where groups fought this was normally called a 'melee'. And could get very nasty indeed. Men could get killed as old scores were settled.

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posted 12-06-2005 01:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve-O-Gerst   Click Here to Email Steve-O-Gerst     Edit/Delete Message
The rules varied a good deal by where, and when it was held, and who hosted it, and what that guy's mood was on that day. Might make up rules when they started, or have none at all. Around 1350, England started getting more specific, and some standardized practices got accepted.

You might check out "Knights at Tournament," by Osprey publications. ISBN 0-85045-836-6 A lot of times, RPG stores will sell them for people who paint miniatures. Maybe not the height of scholarly research, but at least it's a decent overview, with lots of pictures and not many pages.

I reccomend watching "A Knight's Tale" right after watching it. You'll see a lot of historical inaccuracies, and hear virtually every name mentioned in the book.

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posted 12-09-2005 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dorothy Davies     Edit/Delete Message
there was a great programme on TV a while back when they recreated an actual joust, not the sanitised ones you see now in re enactment days. They took 3 men and trained them to joust. It was very violent and really good to watch, as it was the Real Thing, not play acting, they were really trying to knock each other off. If you see it listed anywhere, watch it, it was very educational.

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