S: Medieval Activities
BC: “No lance have I, in joust or fight, to splinter in my lady's sight, but at her feet, how blest were I for any need of hers to die!” - John Greenleaf Whittier
FC: All Fun and Games
1: Table of Contents
3: 1.Medieval Activities 2.Medieval Sports 3.Medieval Games 4.Medieval Football 5.Medieval Archery 6.Jousting 7.Stoolball 8.Falconry
4: Medieval Activities
5: In the Middle Ages they had many sports such as archery, jousting, hammer throwing, horseshoes, skittles, and game-ball. The most popular sport in the Middle Ages was jousting. Jousting is a sport where there are two knights, and they are on horses. They have long poles with a ball at the end and try to knock each other off their horses.
6: Medieval Sports
7: Many kinds of Skittle games are known from the Middle Ages. They were played in the country-side as well as in towns. It is reported that the monks in the monasteries either rolled or threw the bowls when they were playing skittles. There are teams are of five or six people. The bowl is thrown from a distance of ten meters. Unlike today's Skittle games, for example bowling, the purpose is not to knock over as many skittles as possible. Instead, the skittles have different values. The best Skittle to knock over is the King.
8: Medieval Games
9: The most popular game played in the Middle Ages was Chess. Chess was considered a source of gambling entertainment. It was played in the traditional format and the simple format The game of Merels is more commonly known today as Nine Men's Morris. It is a simple board game for two players. From a period of documents and illustrations, it is known that it was very popular in the 1300s. Variations of this type of game date back to BC times.
10: Medieval Football
11: (Medieval)Mob Football was played with two opposing teams from neighboring towns and villages. The opposing team had an unlimited amount of players, and they would clash into a heavy mass of people. A pig's bladder was used in this game. A player of the game had to inflate it by any means possible then kick it to markers at each end of the town and sometimes instead of markers, they kicked it into the opposing team's balcony.
12: Medieval Archery
13: In the medieval period, the place where archery was practiced was called the "Butts." These Butts were situated on the borders of towns of villages on common land. A place was chosen where archery practice could be done without any interruptions. The Butts were made of a level flat area of land that had a length of about 200 meters. Initially, these were made up of several round flat-topped and turf covered target mounds. These mounds were positioned at one end or both ends of the range of 200 meters.
15: A Joust is defined as a fight between knights on horses wearing armor and using lances. Jousting was a favorite form of entertainment during the Middle Ages. Jousting contests took place at Medieval tournaments which provided a venue for Knights to practice various formats of combat to the delight, and for the amusement, of crowds. The tournaments kept the knight in excellent condition for what he'd need to do during medieval warfare. Skill with weapons and supreme strength and fitness were necessary to knights of the Middle Ages. Tournaments were exciting and colorful pageants which displayed different forms of combat. Jousting was one of the events shown at a tournament. Jousting was an individual event whereas the Melee was a team event where teams of knights fought on foot or on horseback.
17: The game we know as baseball may be relatively modern, but it has medieval roots. Many bat-and-ball games were played throughout the Middle Ages at religious festivals and events. One game, Stool Ball, dates back at least to the 14th century, and many historians believe that it is the common ancestor of both baseball and cricket. It was also the first bat-and-ball-type game known to have been played in North America . In this game, the pitcher tries to hit a stool or stump with the ball, while the batter tries to defend the target using bare hands or a bat.
19: No bird of prey has shared as close a relationship with humans as the falcon did during the Middle Ages, when the sport of falconry and hawking were an important part of life. It ruled as the most popular sport in England for more than four centuries. The falcons were so important in England that the first laws aimed at protecting birds of prey were treated here. Perhaps no such laws have ever been passed to protect a wild bird or animal. Somehow wildlife conservation was born during the age of falconry.
21: Bibliography | Falconry in the Middle Ages. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2011.