A kind of mock battle between sides of armed horsemen. Such melees took place in the 12c and were held in open spaces and to all intents and purposes were pitched battles. There was no set area of conflict; the open fields between villages were used. They were seen as realistic practice and training for war; they also served for the successful as a source of income. As they were fought realistically, so those captured would be ransomed, their equipment also being a source of money. Melees had fallen out of fashion by the 14c and were replaced by the *hastilude and *joust. -

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