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Jousting: Maryland’s State Sport by Mary Syrett

The medieval knight is one of the more romantic figures in history. Many stories have glorified his prowess in battle and stressed the ethical code that armed horsemen introduced to society. One of the world’s most fascinating activities, the origins of jousting go back to classical Rome. The first written tournament guidelines

are credited to a Frenchman named Geoffori de Pruelli in 1066. The activity over time spread from France to Germany, and then to England, as well as southern Europe, during the tenth to twelfth centuries. (Pruelli himself was killed at the very same tournament for which he made up the rules.) Jousting tournaments early on

War games were very popular in the Middle Ages. 175

July 2012 Tidewater Times  

July 2012 Tidewater Times

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