Hastilude


Hastilude
Jousting in a *tournament, not necessarily with hostility or intention to harm, although it remained very dangerous. It was carried on as a serious sport at which *prowess was displayed and applauded. In 1388, Henry Knighton (d. 1396) recorded in his chronicle that during the *Merciless Parliament, four French knights sent a challenge to four English knights to fight a hastilude at Calais. In this case, the Frenchmen offered to fight 'in the form of war' or *joust of war. Although he mentions only two of the Englishmen by name, he says they returned with 'great renown', which was all any knight really wanted. [< Lat. hasta = spear, spit + ludus = play] -

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  • hastilude — n. spear game, medieval tournament for knights to practice their fighting skills …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hastilude — has·ti·lude …   English syllables

  • hastilude — A tournament of fighting with spears …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • hastilude — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tournament — The broad term describing a whole range of martial activities from the hastilude, pas d’armes, round table, pageant, emprise, and a host of others. The tournament began as a training for war, and was gradually more regulated and specialized.… …   Medieval glossary

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  • Lance — For other uses, see Lance (disambiguation). Norman cavalry attacks the Anglo Saxon shield wall at the Battle of Hastings as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. The lances are held with one handed over the head grip. A Lance is a pole weapon or spear …   Wikipedia

  • Quintain — For the type of poem, see Cinquain, for the band, see Quintaine Americana Quintain (O. Fr. quintaine , from Lat. quintana , a street between the fifth and sixth maniples of a camp, where warlike exercises took place), was a war game (or… …   Wikipedia


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