Session1518
TitleMartial Pleasures?: Jousting, Shooting, and Fencing in Late Medieval Culture
Date/TimeThursday 4 July 2013: 09.00-10.30
 
OrganiserUwe Israel, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Technische Universität, Dresden
 
Moderator/ChairUwe Israel, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Technische Universität, Dresden
 
Paper 1518-a Jousting Rules!: Tournaments and the Medici's Struggle for Fitness in 15th-Century Florence
(Language: English)
Christian Jaser, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Technische Universität, Dresden
Index Terms: Local History; Military History; Politics and Diplomacy; Social History
Paper 1518-b Shooting Contests in Upper Germany in the 15th Century: Martial Pleasures without Military Purposes
(Language: English)
Jean-Dominique Delle Luche, France, Amériques, Espagne - Sociétés, pouvoirs, acteurs (FRAMESPA - UMR 5136), Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès
Index Terms: Local History; Military History; Social History
Paper 1518-c For Money, Blood, or Entertainment: The Fencing Schools in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Daniel Jaquet, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern / Château de Morges
Index Terms: Local History; Military History; Social History
 
AbstractAt the interface between military ethic, civic self-fashioning, and urban sport cultures, the martial practices of jousting, shooting, and fencing have been perceived as rather ambivalent phenomena of late medieval urban history. Based on examples from Upper Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, this session will discuss the role pleasure played at these competitive performances of martial skills, staged as spectacular and festive urban entertainments and highly charged with messages of status, gender, honor, and civic identity. In this context, such events could be interpreted as a specific blending of leisure and the delicate task of representing oneself, one’s family, peer group, and urban community in an appropriate way.