1. Spear-play: a name given to justs or tilts, and less accurately to tourneys or tournaments. See these words.

    from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

Visuals for hastilude


  • For I take you all to witness what marvellous feats he did in that great tournament and hastilude which our brother the High King made for him, and how meekly and courteously he consorted with us the space of seven days.

    The Horse And His Boy


A knight receiving a lady's favour at a hastilude. From Codex Manesse.

Hastilude is a generic term used in the Middle Ages to refer to many kinds of martial games. The word comes from the Latin hastiludium, literally "lance game"'. By the 14th century, the term usually excluded tournaments and was used to describe the other games collectively; this seems to have coincided with the increasing preference for ritualistic and individualistic games over the traditional mêlée style.[1]

Today, the most well-known of the hastiludes are the tournament, or tourney, and the joust, but over the medieval period a number of other games and sports developed, which altered in popularity and rules from area to area, and from period to period. Distinction was made between the different types by contemporaries in their description, laws, prohibitions and customs.

  1. ^ Barker (1986), pp. 138–9.

Related Words For hastilude