Tournament rules

Apr 2014
Liverpool, England
There is a reference in the 'Vita Edwardi Secundi' to a tournament held in the name of Piers Gaveston in December 1307. Owing to Gaveston's unpopularity, all the earls and most of the barons present took the side opposed to him, but he was supported by the younger and more athletic knights who thought they had something to gain by this. "So it was that in this tournament his (Gaveston's) party had the upper hand and carried off the spoils, although the other side remained in possession of the field. For it is a recognised rule of this game that he who loses most and is most frequently unhorsed, is adjudged the more valiant and the stronger."

That sounds a bit unlikely. Is someone having the writer (Anon) on? Is he being sarcastic?

Dan Howard

Ad Honorem
Aug 2014
There were dozens of different kinds of tournament all with their own individual rules.


Forum Staff
Aug 2016
It wouldn't be the only time that knights came across as more concerned with bravery or honor than with tactics or victory.