Image: The duel between Tsamados and the son of widow, art of Dimitrios Skourtelis academic member of the Academy of Historical European Martila Arts ‘Leontes’
By Alexander Koev (MA) academic member of the Academy of Historical European Martila Arts ‘Leontes’
After the fall of the Roman Empire, code of knight tournaments developed on the Western territorries, especially, in France and England. Knight tournaments became something indevisible for the Middle Ages. One can observe that this culture spread to the Eastern realms, especially, the Crusader Kingdoms in the Middle East. As one can expect knight tournaments appeared in Byzantium as well.
What is a tournament? The word comes from “French Tournoi, formerly Tournoiement” (Penny Cyclopaedia: The society…, Vol. XXV, p. 89). It can be described as “a species of combat in which the parties engaged for the purpose of exercising and exhibiting their courage, prowess, and skill in arms…
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