How these actions were evaluated is uncertain to me. The
story I've called Trickery
in the lists? shows that losing one's helmet was not necessarily counted
against one, and that a loose helmet might be worn by a daring champion
(the same Reginald de Roye who was at St. Inglevert) to deny his opponent
(Sir John Holland, also at St. Inglevert) a solid stroke with the lance.
Unhorsing one's opponent was clearly impressive, as was breaking a spear.
Froissart's account seems to show that qualitative judgement of a competitor's
handling of horse and lance was more important than an abstract count.
|Broke lance on opponent||5||5||6||16|
|Had lance broken on him||5||4||8||17|
In 18 of the 137 courses, the horses swerved or refused to the point that the combattants did not strike each other at all.
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