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A King TravelsFestive Traditions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain$
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Teofilo F. Ruiz

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153575

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153575.001.0001

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Kings and Knights at Play in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain

Kings and Knights at Play in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain

(p.210) Chapter VII Kings and Knights at Play in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain
A King Travels

Teofilo F. Ruiz

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines tournaments. The origins of tournaments in Western Europe can be traced back to classical sources and to a sparse number of references to events that looked like tournaments in the Central Middle Ages. While these early mentions provide interesting glimpses of the genealogy of fictitious combat, it was the twelfth century that truly saw the formal beginnings of these traditions of artificial warfare that would hold such a powerful grip on the European imagination for many centuries to come. Closely tied to courtly culture and in a symbiotic relationship with the great outburst of courtly literature that took place in the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, the tournament sank deep roots in England, France, the Low Countries, and parts of Germany during the twelfth century, and then developed elaborate rules of engagement and pageantry in succeeding centuries.

Keywords:   Western Europe, tournaments, fictitious combat, artificial warfare, courtly culture, courtly literature

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