Extreme Sport: the Joust

museum hours Sat, Oct 22, 2011 - Mon, Dec 31, 2012

Venue: Higgins Armory Museum

100 Barber Avenue, Worcester, MA 01606

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Skilled jousters were the star athletes of their day, and their fans included men and women from all walks of life, drawn to the intense action, colorful personalities, and ever-present danger of this ultimate sport. Experience the pageantry of the medieval tournament as you see rare examples of the equipment for these sports: a "rental armor" worn by socially ambitious townsmen, still bearing deep gouges from the impact of opposing lances; an armored saddle from the age of Henry VIII; weapons and armor from the free-for-all "Bridge Game" played in the Italian city of Pisa. Be sure to heft our full-size lance and see how you might fare at this challenging sport as you play our Virtual Joust.

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