Thursday, August 06, 2009

Jousts Held by King Rene

The principal tournaments held by Rene were the one at Nancy (1445), to celebrate the marriages of Marguerite and Yolande; the Emprise de la gueule du dragon (1446), held the following year at Ragilly, near Chinon, in which he fought in black armour, mounted on a black horse, being in mourning for his son Louis, and won the prize; the Emprise de la Joyeuse Garde, or the Day of Launay (1446), in which Ferry de Vaudemont was the victor; and the Pas de la Bergere, held at Tarascon in Provence (1449).

Besant, Sir Walter, Essays and historiettes, London, Chatto & Windus, 1903, pp 56-57

These were all jousts rather than the sort mounted melee that Rene described in his traictié de la forme et devis d'ung tournoy but apparently never held himself.

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