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Warriors and Knights in Sports and Competitions


O1 March 2022 | TMA

Students continue their research on sports, considering actual sporting event that took place in the Middle Ages in the undergraduate course Reading the Middle Ages at Brock University. The conference panels will be presented online next week with the support of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS). Students present their academic poster projects featuring the Medieval heroic and the chivalric periods in a class organized conference.

This year’s conference will explore the origins of sports in the Middle Ages again as the Canada Summer Games were postponed to the summer of 2022 due to the pandemic. Brock University will host some of the games on their campus in the Niagara Region.

Panels will focus on the equipment used in sports, winter sports, water sports, jousting, quarter-fighting, and the origins of football. Students also consider social class, analyzing the sports played by nobility, such as tennis and falconry, in comparison to mob sports. Specific tournaments, such as the Palio del Drappo Verde and “Gioco del Ponte” in Italy, are explored and compared to other European games.

The conference, entitled Warriors and Knights in Sports and Competitions: From the Early Games to Tourneys, Jousts, and Pas d’Armes, will have 11 panels, meeting two separate evenings on March 9 and March 16. The Conference has been designated a Campus-Wide-Co-Curriculum (CWC) Event. Students can earn Experiencing BU credits on their transcripts. The event is open to the public, family, and friends. For more information or to attend the event contact, Dr. Russo at or the Centre at

A manuscript featuring an illustration of a tournament battle scene which relates to the descriptions of the tournament in Chaucer’s A Knight’s Tale will be discussed on Panel 11: The Culture of Jousting and the Colliding of Lances (LE, ROMAN du Roi Meliadus de Leonnoys, par Helie de Borron. Written for Louis II, titular King, of Naples, between the years 1352-1362, and illustrated by upwards of three hundred and fifty miniatures, the greater portion of which are by a contemporary hand, but others have been added at a later period by inferior artists. On vellum. Author de Borron Helie. Photo Credit: British Library Board / Robana / Art Resource, NY; Image Reference: AR9120405; Image size: 6048 X 4734 px)

Warriors and Knights in Sports and Competitions: From the Early Games to Tourneys, Jousts, and Pas d’Armes; Date and Time Wednesday, March 9 2022 at 4:30 PM EST to Wednesday, March 9 2022 at 6:30 PM EST and Wednesday, March 16 2022 at 3:00 PM EDT to Wednesday, March 16 2022 at 5:00 PM EDT Location Contact for more info, Brock University

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TMA Staff. "Warriors and Knights in Sports and Competitions: MARCH 2022 ONLINE CONFERENCE." Teaching the Middle Ages, March 1, 2022,

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