MEDIEVAL SPORT—TOURNAMENTS. Annalisa called my attention to this article in The Telegraph by Auslam Cramb in June 2009 about recent research on the skeleton of a knight who radio carbon dating suggests was killed in about 1390. Relying on historical records, archaeologists believe that the skeleton is that of Robert Morley, an English knight who was killed in a tournament at Stirling Castle in 1388 (eleven years into the reign of Richard II). The description of the cause of death of the knight whose skeleton was found is a chilling reminder of the nature of tournaments. He “was struck by a sword that sliced through his nose and jaw.” Apparently he was lying on the ground when he was struck.

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