Tudor and Jacobean Tournaments
Tudor and Jacobean Tournaments
by Alan Young

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This is the first book to trace the history and significance of the tournament in all its aspects in the Tudor and Jacobean periods. In its original medieval form, the tournament was a cross between sport and warfare, often an event involving two large opposing groups of knights who fought each other across a wide area of country. Loss of life or limb was common. These brutal events were a far cry from the carefully controlled and staged affairs that tournaments had become by Tudor times, a development that mirrors a profound change in role. As a vehicle for training in warfare, the Tudor and Jacobean tournament was largely anachronistic, but it played a crucial part in the political and cultural life of the country. These events were a major instrument of political propaganda, a public spectacle which the monarch could use in the profoundly serious business of displaying his or her magnificence. They were frequently staged and lavishly financed, with the provision of rich and costly trappings for participants and key spectators alike. Tournaments were also of considerable importance in keeping alive the ideals of chivalry, and all that these implied about service to king and country. Unlike later court entertainments, tournaments were spectacles at which even the meanest citizen could bask in the display of royal magnificence. Drawing on much original research, Professor Young fully explores all aspects of the tournament and its significance, including the construction of tiltyards, the tournament as theatre, and tournament literature, some of which was contributed by such great figures as Philip Sidney and Ben Jonson. But above all Young makes clear that the tournament was never mere entertainment, extravagant fantasy, or the archaic exercise of obsolete military skills. In fact, Tudor and Jacobean tournaments helped to keep alive values and ideals which perhaps contributed to the English Civil War, the American Civil War and even World War I.

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Author: Alan Young
Publisher: Sheridan House

Manufacturer: Sheridan House
EAN: 9780911378757
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0911378758
Number of items: 1
Number of pages: 230
Publication date: 1998-09-01
Language: English (Published)
Language: English (Original Language)
Language: English (Unknown)
Brand: Brand: London : Sheridan House

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