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Tudor jousting

Jousting, a thrilling and highly anticipated sporting spectacle, held a prominent place in Tudor times.

Jousting, a thrilling and highly anticipated spectacle, held a prominent place in Tudor times. It was a grand and often dangerous sport that brought together chivalry, sporting prowess, entertainment and aristocratic culture.

Jousting tournaments were often organised on special occasions, such as royal celebrations or to honour important guests. It was a chance to showcase not only skill and bravery, but to also display martial prowess and authority.

In this film, Public Historian Dr Charles Farris examines the history and symbolism of jousting with Mark Griffin, of Griffin Historical.

Discussion:

  1. What were the values and ideals associated with chivalry and how did they manifest in Tudor jousting competitions?
  2. How might the pageantry and spectacle of Tudor jousting relate to modern spectator sports? Can you think of some examples?
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