Over the water. Water jousting, between sport and folklore


It would be very presumptuous to say that nautical jousting saw the light of day on the waters of the Rhône. After all, the earliest traces of what was not yet a sport would date back to ancient Egypt. Before acquiring their entertainment status in the Roman Empire. But because being chauvinist is sometimes not unjustified, it is all the same towards Lyon that we have to go to find more modern traces, in the 12th century. The city even becomes the scene of tournaments, some of which are given in honor of kings and queens of France.

The time of the sailors

The weather is fine, the monarchy takes its bow but the games do not take water. The corporations of mariners make it their discipline of choice. Jousting societies are …

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