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Tournaments: Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages (original 1989; edition 1998)

by Richard Barber, Juliet Barker

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"Will appeal to a wide audience. It is beautifully presented...the illustrations add further glory to a thorough historical analysis which is based on extensive research in Europe-wide sources... particularly useful in bringing to our attention lesser-known materials from the Iberian peninsula. The level of discussion, range and thoroughness of treatment and excellence of annotation make this a useful reference work for the academic historian too: it is hard to find any aspect of tournaments that is not covered."HISTORY The first serious study of tournaments throughout Europe reveals their importance - in the training of the medieval knight, the development of arms and armour, as an instrument of political patronage, and as a grand public spectacle.… (more)
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Title:Tournaments: Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages
Authors:Richard Barber
Other authors:Juliet Barker
Info:Boydell Press (1998), Hardcover, 240 pages
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Tournaments: Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages by Richard W. Barber (1989)

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A scholarly study of all things tournament-related - that nevertheless manages to be an unputdownable read. It looks at the history and development of the tournament, from its thuggish beginnings to the delicate refinements of its later years, and is illustrated with magnificent contemprary images. The interplay between medieval romances, and their re-enactment as spectacle provided by the great and the good of Europe; the unsubtle economics behind some of the participants' presence, tournament wives - all are covered here. I love it! ( )
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"Will appeal to a wide audience. It is beautifully presented...the illustrations add further glory to a thorough historical analysis which is based on extensive research in Europe-wide sources... particularly useful in bringing to our attention lesser-known materials from the Iberian peninsula. The level of discussion, range and thoroughness of treatment and excellence of annotation make this a useful reference work for the academic historian too: it is hard to find any aspect of tournaments that is not covered."HISTORY The first serious study of tournaments throughout Europe reveals their importance - in the training of the medieval knight, the development of arms and armour, as an instrument of political patronage, and as a grand public spectacle.

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