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The creation of the first medieval tournament developed from creating a safer environment to test and train knights. Melees in the medieval period were chaotic, and it was not uncommon for knights to suffer injuries or die in battle. Around the 10th century, the melee and the joust is combined to create France’s first tournament in 1066.
Tournaments enabled knights to practice their battle skills. Knights set in a list tree according to strength and ability, and the battle could occur in a safer environment. These matches helped knights to become battle-ready and gave them realistic challenges to experience a struggle similar to what they would experience in a war.
The medieval knight wanted to put on a good performance in a tournament because his skills and ability would be on full display to an audience of lords and ladies. Family arms are prominently displayed, and each knight would be a representative of their household strength.
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