Fra ridder til regent: Sociale dynamikker i middelalderens ridderturneringer

Asbjørn Riis-Søndergaard & Ruben Kattner

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This research paper investigates the social dynamics of the medieval warfare tournaments and its influence on the chivalrous career of William Marshal (1146/47-1219), the landless son of a noble horse marshal who rose through the ranks of the aristocracy of medieval France and England, by his loyal deeds on the tournament field besides an impressive talent for chivalry, to become earl, baron and later constituted regent of England, for a short period. The paper outlines previous research within the field and analyses the rare medieval biography of William Marshal as to elucidate the role of the tournaments in the dynamic formation of the aristocracy of the period and how they affected the social career of a talented but ordinary knight-errant like William Marshal. The paper concludes that the tournaments were unique for the period and had a huge impact on the social dynamics of the aristocracy by gathering the most noble and famous personalities of the period in informal settings. It furthermore concludes that the tournament as an aristocratic playground constituted a very important factor in the chivalrous career of the later Earl of Pembroke - William Marshal, by allowing him a prestigious social position as the flower of chivalry without having an important noble background.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2015
VejledereKim Esmark


  • Medieval
  • Social strafication