J is for Joust

I’m still playing catch-up on my Alphabet posts from when I missed one a couple of Fridays ago.  And I really want the letter “L” to land on May 24th as it would have done if I hadn’t missed.  So I’m making up that post today with the letter “J,” which stands for Joust.

I’ve already done a post on Jousting on D’Ann Lindun’s blog several weeks ago, and if you want to read that one, click here.  I’m also on Sarah Ballance’s blog today talking about medieval pastimes, of which tournaments and jousting are one of them.  And you can check that one out here.

So my Joust post is going to be a photo post–with all the cool period and non-period pics of jousting.


The joust between Henry II and Lorges


Straddling the Fence:

Punishment at tournaments for breaking the rules.

The delinquent was put across the fence of the tournament area and beaten.

Modern jousting re-enactment

Modern jousting re-enactment




The horses are garbed in comparisons, which are made in the Knight’s colors. But they don’t protect the horses.

The horses are covered in a comparison.

The horses are covered in a comparison.

John de Beaumont, 2nd Lord of Beaumont, is deathly wounded in tournament at 14 April 1342.

John de Beaumont, 2nd Lord of Beaumont, is deathly wounded in tournament at 14 April 1342.













One of my favorite movies set in the medieval period is actually A Knight’s Tale.  It’s got a ton of anachronisms, but the jousting scenes are done very well.  Do you have a favorite medieval-set movie?  Tell me in a comment, leave your email, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Betrothal–set exactly in the time frame of A Knight’s Tale. 🙂

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10 Responses to J is for Joust

  1. I loved the movie TimeLine. It’s a time travel movie, where they go back in time. I might be the only person who liked the movie….lol…great eye candy, though, and I liked the romance of it.


  2. danijace says:

    I was thinking Knight’s Tale through the whole article. It’s a favorite in our household. Everytime I see it, I wonder about the stunt guys, or if they hired real competative jousters. Great article.


  3. Jousting was a very brutal pastime, but times were so different then in regard to the value of a human life. I love the pictorial in this post, Jenna. It’s always fun to read your blog.


  4. Sharon Cullen says:

    Whenever we go to the Renaissance Festival in our area I always to to the jousting. I love it. A Knight’s Tale is one of my favorite movies. LOL


  5. karenlopp says:

    Great history as always, Jenna. I loved A Knight’s Tale. Have watched it many times:)


  6. Great post, Jenna. I don’t have a favorite movie, but I loved the BBC Robin Hook series.


  7. Daryl Devore says:

    Went to a medieval fair last year and watched the jousting. Fascinating. Great post.



  8. We went to a Medieval Times restaurant/show a year or so ago and the jousting fascinated me! I know, they use collapsible poles and have a LOT more protection but it’s just…fascinating!


  9. lizaoconnor says:

    Oh look another history lesson. Are you on every blog in world? Go Girl! True the garb doesn’t protect the horses, but I imagine it could tangle them up if truly as long as depicted.


  10. Pingback: Jenna Jaxon: Medieval Pastimes & “Betrothal” Blog Tour (#Giveaway) | Sarah Ballance

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