Hoof beats hammer on the dirt. The big heavy armor clacks as one-knight fights another. The king watches with great interest as two lances smash together at full force. One man hits the ground. Thats the way it works at the scene of a joust.
Tournaments started in 11th century France. They were public contests that required extreme courage and great skill. Usually knights were hurt or killed, and peasants were also killed when horses went out of control.
The joust was a type of sport. Which consisted of two horses and two knights charging at each other in order to knock one of the knights off the horse. If both knights were to fall they would continue theyre battle with swords on the ground.
Tournaments ended with the final decay of feudalism and chivalry in the 17th century. The church tried to stop tournaments. Alas the church failed. The development of firearms and theyre widespread use helped stop jousting. Today in our time some cities hold mock festivals of the joust. Like the Renaissance festival in Tamp.
Cling, Clang, thats the sound you hear when a knight comes with his shining armor and a giant sword. Oh, it is so hard to be a knight. You have to follow special laws every single day and sometimes it could be days, weeks, months, or even years before you come home. Thats the life of a knight.
Knights armor went through a great deal of changes. In the 12th century, knights used an armor called male. Male was a bunch of little chain links hooked into a sort of shirt. (That weighed twenty to thirty pounds) Mail was a good armor for protecting you from a sword, but it didn't work for a good blow with a mace. This is when plate armor was taken in to consideration. Plate armor is the armor you are most familiar with. Because metal armor was so heavy it died out and they started to use layers of tough materials like leather. We still have armor, but our helmets are heavy plastics and our protection is bulletproof vests. Armor may have changed but I can bet we will never stop using it.
In the medieval times, many knights rode out to battle. They made sieges on other castles, headlong charges into a gored and bloody fights, and defend their own castles against sieges. But knights were not always so good at fighting. Knights had to pass grooling, half boring hours of practice, work, practice, and more work. First they had to be a page, then a squire, and then if they were worthy they were dubbed and became knights.