Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tourney Rules of the Order of the Banda, ca. 1330

Swords must have blunt edges and points.
Vervelles must not be sharpened.
The judges will inspect both.
The knights must swear not to strike the face with the point or a backhand blow (reves) or hit someone whose helm or cervelliere has fallen off, until he puts it back on, and that someone who falls to the ground will not be trampled.
The tourney will begin with the sound of trumpets and kettledrums, and at the sound of the trumpet they are to gather on either side.
In a large tourney in which each side has their own standards, when knights are pulled from the saddle the captured horses are to be taken to where the standards are kept, and not returned to the owner until the tourney is over.
Afterwards, the judges will choose one winner from each team.
If thirty knights or less tourney, there will be four judges for each side. If fifty or more, there will be eight for each side. If a hundred knights or more tourney there will be twelve judges for each side.

Fallows, Noel. 2010. Jousting in Medieval and Renaissance Iberia. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press. pp. 4-5

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