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Special jousting helmets were sometimes used with narrow eye slits, made so that the wearer could only see out by leaning forwards.

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During a jousting tournament, the horses were cared for by their grooms in their respective tents.

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Ring jousting is the official state sport of Maryland, the first official sport of any American state.

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The fourteenth century Chronicles of Froissart contains many details concerning jousting in medieval times.

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The two most common kinds of horse used for jousting were chargers and destriers.

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The Italian town of Foligno also holds an annual ring-jousting tournament, the Giostra della Quintana, that dates back to the 1613.

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Some Renaissance fairs feature competitive jousts, tilting at rings, or other jousting contests, in which the outcome is not predetermined.

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Jousting was popular from the Middle Ages until the early 1600s, during which time armor evolved considerably.

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The most commonly seen form of jousting in the contemporary era is the theatrically-based variety of the sport in dinner theaters and Renaissance fairs.

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The skills and techniques used in jousting were first used in combat, as mounted knights would charge at their enemies with weapons to try to kill or disable them.

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Special jousting arm- and shoulder-pieces, which traded mobility for extra protection, were also added.

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A full harness frequently included extra pieces specifically for use in jousting, so that a light combat suit could be reinforced with heavier "bolt-on" protective plates on the cuirass (breastplate) and helmet.

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Jousting is thought to have originated as an informal friendly contest between knights and was later included as a prelude to the main melee event at medieval tournaments.

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The biographer of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke observed shortly later that in his day, noblemen were more interested in jousting than tourneying.

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By the fourteenth century, with the decline of the tournament, jousting became the leading aristocratic sporting amusement.

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Other forms of jousting also arose—such as armed combat without horses and tilting at rings.

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Today it has seen a modest resurgence at fairs, dinner theaters, and events organized by the International Jousting Association.

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The lists, or list field, constituted the roped-off arena in which a jousting event or similar tournament was held.

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Another form of jousting is tilting at the rings, in which the galloping rider attempts to insert his lance through small metal or wooden rings.

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The first mention of an exclusively jousting event was the Round Table held in Cyprus by John d'Ibelin, Lord of Beirut in 1223.

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A form of tilting known as tent pegging is the only form of jousting officially recognized by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports.

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Jousting is a sport consisting of martial competition, usually between two mounted knights or other horsemen, using a variety of weapons, especially lances.

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Jousting under the IJA rules follows a points system where points are given for breaking one's lance tip on the opposing knight's shield.

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Jousting, on the other hand, is single combat between two knights.

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The primary use of the jousting lance was to unhorse the other by striking him with the end of the lance while riding toward him at high speed.

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By the early thirteenth century, jousting had its own devoted constituency.

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Other weapons were used for jousting included maces, morning stars, various pole weapons, swords, and daggers.

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Jousting was a component of the tournament, but not usually its main feature, serving instead as an evening prelude to the grand charge on the day of the main event.

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