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Spectacular Jousting – The Rules


We’re all getting pretty excited about the big Jousting Tournament this weekend, and what a perfect time to give you all a little refresher of the rules – just to make sure we’re all clear on what is and isn’t in the name of a good sporting victory this weekend!

A knight jousting at Linlithgow Palace

The jousting knights try to score points on their opponents

  • Points were earned by shattering lances and striking the head or torso.
  • Points were deducted for hitting the horse or the opposing knight’s legs.

  • Special prizes were awarded for most lances broken, hitting an opponent three times on the head, knocking someone out of their saddle or forcing a horse and its rider to the ground.
  • Prizes were awarded by ladies who might give the winning knight a ring or even a kiss!

  • Tokens, usually badges or ribbons, were handed to knights by ladies to bring them luck during the tilt (match).


Ladies hand tokens to knights to bring them luck in a jousting tournament

The ladies offering their coloured ribbons


  • Tourneys were umpired by heralds, who eventually became planners of the event and verifiers of heraldry, who checked knights were eligible to participate.

  • The monarch, if present, would preside over the joust and call it to a stop if it was felt both parties had proven themselves worthy adversaries.

Pretty easy to remember, we think!

Hope to see you all over the weekend (July 5 and 6 2014) at beautiful Linlithgow Palace.  Don’t forget to use #hshomecoming in all your social media posts to help us pick up all your lovely photos!

Here’s a sneak peek of the weekend’s line up and remember, if you’ve not yet bought your ticket, you can still save 10% by buying online.


The programme of events this weekend

The programme of events this weekend



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Alison Clark

Alison previously worked in our Interpretation Team, writing blogs on up-coming events. Her favourite Historic Scotland experience was at Whithorn Priory’s museum, where she fell in love with the beautiful carved stones.

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