Facts: The Harder They Fall

Video highlights from Knights Of Mayhem

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  • A lance is a long wooden stick with a metal tip used as a weapon on horseback.
  • The term “mayhem” is a legal term meaning an offender deprives a victim the use of a part of their body rendering it useless and making them unable to defend themselves.
  • Becoming a page, a position that served as apprentice and assistant to a squire, was the first step for a young nobleman toward becoming a knight.
  • A young noble boy could be appointed to the position of page as young as age 7.
  • The term “chivalry” in English law had more to do with real property holdings due to knights’ service than ideals like courtesy or generosity.
  • Adding a stirrup to knights’ saddles increased the shock potential when using a lance in battle.
  • Medieval battles usually had hundreds of one on one combats like sport jousting.
  • Titling is sport jousting where noble horsemen ride a horse with lance in hand at full speed with the goal of inserting their lance through small metal rings.
  • The term “joust” in the Middle Ages could also refer to the combat between two men on foot.
  • Some of the favorite medieval pastimes included tournaments with knights, hunting, and hawking.
  • A “tabard” was an article of clothing worn by crusading knights over their armor to prevent the sun from reflecting off the metal making them less visible to their enemies.
  • Pages, the young apprentices of squires and knights, were able to attend functions of the royal family and court.
  • A coat of arms was used to distinguish noble families from one another in battle and began in medieval Europe.
  • Russia and eastern European countries brought the lance back into battle in the late eighteenth century.
  • The destrier, a type of horse, was best known as a war animal in Europe during medieval times.

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