Monday, October 26, 2009

Tournament of the Phoenix

Men who carry weapons have in all ages played at the game of war in time of peace. Just go back a few days and look at the Blue Angels to see men still playing war games!

Military games were organized in Europe around the year 1000, with equestrian games practiced from before the Romans. By the 1160's the jousting tournament had evolved.

Some 3000 knights attended the tournament at Lagny-sur-Marne in November 1179, promoted by Louis VII of France.
Both prowess in arms and courtesy and social grace were important.
Armed with 11 foot long wooden lances tucked under their right arms, two men on horseback run toward each other.
They are separarted by a high fence (the tilt) to prevent collisions.
Their goal is to break their lance on the small shield on their opponent's chest.

Points are awarded for where they strike and how much of the lance is broken.

The tournament was a chance to celebrate all aspects of knightly virtues, such as courage, justice, mercy, generosity, nobility, humility and horsemanship. And it was all in town this past weekend!


  1. fun. I miss the warmth of phoenix. we left there about 20 years ago.

  2. Geez I wish I could have gone - those bright colors are amazing! Perfect shots!