- Oct 2017
- South Australia
Im just conjecturing, not making a concrete argument.What evidence do you have tourney armor was used in battle?
I'm not saying tourney armour was used in battle, the other way around - regular armour may have been used in tourneys. I'm suggesting that maybe an indistinguished set of armour was used for both battle and tourneys by poorer knights. Some knights wouldn't have been able to afford a separate set of armour just for tourneys, and may have simply worn their usual armour to such events.
Were there any exceptions to this? I seem to remember seeing something ages ago about the Polish Winged Hussars charging, then when their lanes broke they would get stuck in with swords and other side arms. Perhaps this wasn't intentional though, just random accidental breakages. Something about hollow lances tooJousting lances were designed to break. Combat lances were not.
Somewhat of a strong statement, do you have evidence to support this? Although I agree that knightly cavalry continued to follow a general trend of diminishing effectiveness in this period, it is possible that innovations such as heavier lances and better plate armour may have slowed the trend to some degree, although overall they didn't halt it.Stone's entire premise is flawed. After the heavier lance was introduced, the knight's effectiveness was diminished, not enhanced. One had nothing to do with the other but Stone apparently wants to try and conflate the two.