Jousting Rules

12 February 1511

Jousting Rules


  • Intro

    To celebrate the birth of his son Prince Henry in 1511, King Henry VIII proclaimed an allegorical tournament of the sort developed in the previous century at the court of the Dukes of Burgundy.


    This challenge, issued on 12 February and signed by the King, lists the rules to be followed and explains the background story. Queen ‘Noble Renown’ of the kingdom of ‘Noble Heart’, rejoicing at the happy event, had sent four knights, Ceure Loyall, Vailliaunt Desyre, Bone Voloyr and Joyous Panser, to joust in England against all comers. Their shields appear in the margin. In reality they were Henry and three of his leading courtiers, Sir Thomas Knyvet, Lord William Courtenay and Sir Edward Neville. Other courtiers signed up to answer the challenge.

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