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Medieval Sport

Posted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:47 am
by Hazelgrove Archers
Can any point me in the direction of the rules for such activities

I have have read about hammer throwing but the shape and size and weight of the hammer is unclear i presume the modern olympic event must have some bearing but assumptions and all that ...

football but not as we know it was another ... is the game shown in the film the first knight with sean connery and richard gere just hollywood or something more tangible i expect the forner knowing hollywoods attention to authenticity.

i would also be interested if anyone can think of any other medieval games that mops can take part in
thanks

Re: Medieval Sport

Posted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:50 am
by Neil of Ormsheim
This is what "real" football should be like.......

http://www.orkneyjar.com/tradition/bagame/

Show no fear, acknowledge no pain!

Re: Medieval Sport

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:54 am
by Bittersweet
Neil of Ormsheim wrote:This is what "real" football should be like.......

http://www.orkneyjar.com/tradition/bagame/

Show no fear, acknowledge no pain!
Looks like the same thing as 'Shrovetide' in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. my Dad says they 'played' a similar game in the Scottish borders too.

Maybe these are all throwbacks to medieval times?

Re: Medieval Sport

Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:45 am
by guthrie
Bittersweet wrote:
Neil of Ormsheim wrote:This is what "real" football should be like.......

http://www.orkneyjar.com/tradition/bagame/

Show no fear, acknowledge no pain!
Looks like the same thing as 'Shrovetide' in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. my Dad says they 'played' a similar game in the Scottish borders too.

Maybe these are all throwbacks to medieval times?
Yup, definitely rooted in medieval times. Can't tell you more than that I'm afraid.

Re: Medieval Sport

Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:34 pm
by Chris T
There was a huge variety of skittles, horseshoe, bowls and quoit style games which are good for MOPs, as they do not take up too much room, and rarely result in fatalities :-)

Giant 9 mens morris etc..

Re: Medieval Sport

Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:53 pm
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wrestling, shin kicking, cat baiting, cockrel stoning, dog baiting, wren crushing, lots of wholesome games there that are liklely to get you put away.

Re: Medieval Sport

Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:47 pm
by gregory23b
slap cock :devil:






possibly just a tad made up by reenactors.

Re: Medieval Sport

Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:34 pm
by Friesian
gregory23b wrote:slap cock :devil:






possibly just a tad made up by reenactors.
Wash Cock :D

Re: Medieval Sport

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:01 pm
by gregory23b
Never!

I have a reputation to uphold.

Re: Medieval Sport

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:58 pm
by Karen Larsdatter
Hazelgrove Archers wrote:i would also be interested if anyone can think of any other medieval games that mops can take part in
:arrow: http://larsdatter.com/games.htm :D

Another game that's not really linked from there (or its subpages) is a medieval balance game involving two players and (often) a stick. I don't know the medieval name of this game, but one historian refers to it as "the living quintain" or "human quintain." In any case, you can find several different images of people playing this game and its varitions (it's pretty easy to figure out how it's played from looking at the pictures) at http://larsdatter.com/quintains.htm towards the bottom of the page.

Re: Medieval Sport

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:56 am
by behanner
There was a really good set of articles on the early history of football in Britain written by a guy name Magoun.
As has been said descriptions indicate medieval football is more akin to rugby then soccer. There is however description in the miracles of Henry VI at the end of the 15th century that clearly states that there was a version played with only feet and no use of hands.

Big rock throwing seems to have been popular in the 13th century rules are pretty simple.

Re: Medieval Sport

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:40 am
by Phil the Grips
Medieval Sweden had snowball fights akin to modern paintball games- build a giant castle out of snow and then defend/attack it. All fun- but pretty serious fun if the records are to be believed.

Re: Medieval Sport

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:41 pm
by EwanDoc
Obviously couldn't re-enact these, but bloodsports involving animals were apparently very popular. There was the Hog Chase, where participants would pursue a pig with clubs, whoever killed the animal would get to keep the carcass. Definitely one of the most unpleasent I've read about involved nailing a live cat to a tree by it's tail, and taking turns headbutting it, whoever killed the poor beast was the winner.