Extreme Sport: The Joust

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History / Heritage - Exhibit

Date & Time: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Suggested Audiences: Adult, College, High School, Middle School, Elementary
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Higgins Armory Museum (Closed)
100 Barber Avenue
Worcester, MA 01606-2444
Cost: Free with Museum Admission
Description: The ground shakes as two warhorses charge. Each knight lowers his lance, a crash of spear on armor, a knight is thrown to the ground, the other rides around the field to the cheering crowd.

Skilled jousters were the star athletes of their day, and their fans included men and women alike, from across all walks of life, all of them drawn to the intense action, colorful personalities, and ever-present danger of this ultimate sport.

See a rare "rental armor" worn by socially ambitious townsmen in 1400s Nuremberg that still bears deep gouges in the steel from the impact of opposing lances, weapons and armor from the free-for-all "Bridge Game" played in the Italian city of Pisa, a war saddle from the 1500s, and more as you explore the pageantry of the medieval tournament. Be sure to heft a full-size lance and imagine how you might fare at this challenging sport as you take part in a Virtual Joust.

Exhibit Opens October 22, 2011.
More Information: Website: http://www.higgins.org/extreme-sport.php
E-mail: higgins@higgins.org
Phone: 508-853-6015
Entered by: Higgins Armory Museum

Created: October 7, 2011 at 1:27 PM
Last Modified: July 10, 2013 at 2:06 PM

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