Further Thoughts on Jousting Reform (Mmm… Marginalia #77)

People around here seem to suddenly be interested in talking jousting for some reason, so let me add further fuel to the debate with this little suggestion for jousting reform from a bottom margin from an early sixteenth-century edition of the gospels Luke and John:

British Library MS Royal 1 E V, f. 171r

See, you don’t have to wear armor to be period-authentic.  All you need is a few wicker baskets and a pair of trusty rams (or are those cows, maybe?) and you’re good to go.  I think Pier One even has a special line of jousting baskets, come to think of it.  But with the ram’s you’re on your own.

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  • limpey

    I was interested in the 'real jousting' article you linked in an earlier post until I came to the words, "partially severed penis" in reference to the injuries that one famous pro jouster suffered.
    I think jousting in wicker with broomsticks from the back of a ram is more my speed, although I'll wear my 'non period' high impact plastic athletic cup under my tights.

  • Wacky Hermit

    My boys have jousted with "boffer" swords, riding on inflatable horses. I think if they'd seen this, they would have put baskets on their heads too.

  • K

    limpey,The "skinned lance" ( shall we call it) incident happened in Holly, Michigan just a few years ago.

    I'm loving Wicker armour and goats, it's all very Henson "Labyrinth", and as we all know anything with muppets automatically wins.

  • Prof. Jenn
  • Got Medieval

    Oh, those Boingboingkateers, always about a week behind. But good to see someone mentioning my little screed in their comments thread.

  • Freyalyn

    But as the mounts are undoubtedly sheep, the jousters must be children – or midgets.

    Now there's an idea for fetes and fairs this summer – midget jousting on sheep.

  • Orly

    Considering that some marginalia knights (full sized) joust on fish (normally much smaller than a full sized knight in armor, or even smaller than a full-sized jousting monkey without armor) I suspect that anything is possible in marginalia-land, sizes are not relative, and a full-grown fire-breathing dragon that in real life could eat us with a snap of his jaws, may be represented smaller than the St. George that slayed him :).

    However, midgets dressed in baskets and jousting on sheep sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon!

  • Hannah Kilpatrick

    They're not sheep – they have horse tails. And those legs really are more like a cow's. And the curve of the neck is also equine (or maybe it's just the shape that animals assume when being ridden for jousting purposes). In fact, peering at their necks, they also seem to have strokes on their necks indicating manes. Clearly they are weird hybrids, only found in wicker-wearing tournaments.

  • Pour of Tor

    And of course I have to draw your attention (if it hasn't already been drawn) to the Chap Olympiad event of bicycle jousting:


    "In keeping with the ideals of Chappism the front of the shield is pasted with the front page of the Financial Times. Players mount their cycles with the shield on one arm, the umbrella held forward in the other and gallantly cycle towards each other and certain injury. Umbrellas can be used in traditional jousting fashion or the hooked handle can be used to try to pull the opponent over."

  • Sean

    I have a Renaissance period hair comb with what appears to be a jousting scene between a knight with a monkey on his head, and his opponent appears to be a bird (maybe a falcon) on horseback. Also in the scene are musicians and figures seated in the branches of an oak tree. Does anyone have an ideas about the significance of all this? I can send images if anyone is interested.

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