The Erinwood Tournament List Field was built based on the images from King René's tournament book (circa 1460). The text of King René's tournament book can be found at the following link:
The Bibliotheque Nationale in France, which owns several copies of the tournament book (including the copy made for King René himself), has digitized the images from two manuscripts. To view the images:
· In the line marked "Cote," enter one of the following:
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o Français 2695
· Click on the button that says "Chercher"
· Click on the button that says "Images"
As depicted in King René's tournament book there is an inner and outer barrier. The inner barrier has a single rail that sits on top of the posts and only the posts of the gates on the far ends of the field have pointed tops. The outer barrier has two rails between the posts and the posts all have pointed tops.
One of the two inner barrier gates with pointed tops.
The inner field is 20’ x 60’. The inner barrier is made from 4x6 pressure treated lumber for the post and rails. The corner posts are 6x6 pressure treated lumber. The barrier stands 3’2’ tall (4’ posts sunk 10.5’ into the ground with a 3.5” 4x6 across the top). The distance between posts is 4’ on center (with the corners being slightly closer). The rails sit on top to the posts and are held in place with metal brackets at each post.
The outer barrier is 8’ from the inner barrier making the outside dimensions 36’ x 76’. The outer barrier is made from 4x4 redwood posts and rails. The top rail is at 3’5” and the bottom rail is 2’ off the ground. The posts are 5’ in length and sunk 1’ into the ground. The rails of the outer barrier use mortise and tenon joints. The tenons were secured with counter sunk screws and a wooden plug glued in to give it the appearance of having been pegged (which King René's picture seems to indicate was done). The distance between posts is 4’ on center (with the corners being slightly closer). There are rings in the center of many of the rails for holding banner poles (these banner pole rings were initially on the posts but we found that the posts are excellent places to hang one’s shield).
Both the inner and outer barriers have 8 gates (1 gate on either end and 3 gates on either side). The 3 gates on either side allow us to be able to divide the field in half, with a center pass through, or the field can be divided into thirds (3 - 20’x20’ fields). The gates for the outer barrier have a 2x4 that slides through a mortised hole in the two posts and sits on top of the top rail (similar to the gates in King René's picture). Slide through gates were not practical with the 4”x6” lumber (particularly because it is pressure treated) so the gates for the inner barrier are hinged and have a wooden dowel that holds the gate in place when closed.
In addition to the inner and outer barriers, which are all cemented in place, we have 6 barriers that can be moved. The movable barriers allow us to divide the field into 2 fields that have a pass through or to divide the field into thirds. There barriers can also be set end to end in the middle forming a traditional Jousting List Barrier which has 10’ of space on either end. The movable barriers are 6’5” long and have a 2’11” 4x6 post with a 4x6 that spans between the two posts. The bottom rail is 10” off the ground and the splay on the legs is 2’6”.
The original plan was to replicate all of the galleries or viewing stands depicted in King René's picture; however, those attending the event really enjoy having their pavilions around the list field and it looks pretty awesome as well. We have not given up on the gallery idea but rather have simply scaled the plans back and instead of three galleries we plan to build one centered on the field. The gallery we are currently planning will be 20’x12’ with 5 posts in the front and back (2 on each corner and one every 5 feet in between – much like the large gallery depicted in King René's picture). The gallery is essentially a raised deck and we plan to have it 8’ off the ground so that it can double as shade for our fighters. However, because of the height we are required to get a permit before we can begin construction and because we occasionally get a light dusting of snow may have to have the plans engineered. Though King René's picture does not show any sort of access to the galleries in his picture, we plan to put stairs along the backside. Below are pictures of the future site of the gallery.