Friday, January 05, 2007

Joust at St. Inglevert

In the spring of 1390, three chamberlains of the king of France, who despite their domestic title were all adventurous and experienced warriors, with royal approval and support challenged the knights of Europe to come to St. Inglevert near Calais in the north of France to joust them. The chamberlains promised to hold the field for a month and take on all challengers, either with blunted or sharp lances.

This challenge resulted in the best-recorded joust of the later Middle Ages, and a week from Monday my Chivalry seminar will be looking at some of the surviving accounts of the event.

I thought, however, that it might be nice to point other readers to the available material. I've put a lot of it on the Web. If you get really interested and want to read my detailed analysis, you can find it in my book Deeds of Arms (see sidebar).

Here are various links:

Froissart's account.

Account from the Life of Boucicaut.

Account from the Chronica Regum Francorum.

Account of Jean Juvenal des Ursins.

And finally, a scorecard derived from Froissart's account, not to be taken literally since Froissart's account seems to be incomplete and altered for dramatic effect.


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