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date: 21 July 2019


Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Joanne Margaret HYNES-HUNTERJoanne Margaret HYNES-HUNTER

Historically, jousting tournaments were held as military exercises between nobles. Such tournaments often turned into bloody, often deadly battles between rival champions. Winning such tournaments was one way for a lowborn knight to make a quick name for himself and to win riches. The most famous jousting fatality was that of King Henry II of France, in 1559. Gradually these local wars became more sport-oriented and less fatal. Modern-day jousting may be viewed at events such as Renaissance fairs. ...

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