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Knights of Aquitaine
by Ruan Mills Burke
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Great French Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, devised a way to keep the troublesome knights of Europe from killing each other over petty arguments and challenges. Eleanor invited the knights to participate in a great tournament of martial games, the greatest of which was the mounted joust. Jousting is the hardest hitting sport ever conceived. Heavily armoured mounted knights are pitted against each other as in battle, with no shield for protection, attempting to ultimately unhorse their opponent in this magnificent display of skill, valour and horsemanship.
Hundreds of years later, the tradition still carries on today...


The martial war of Red and Blue

As fought in the name of Aquitaine

Devised to cool the fractious mood

Which led to knights, so sorely slain


Their skirmishes drew blood and ruin

In wrath and tempest, wrangling rage

They smote their angst in pointless feud

So Eleanor sought to engage


A tournament of fighting skill

A chance to prove themselves and preen

A jousting match with schemes and rules

To win a favour from the Queen


A fancy scrap of lace and cloth

Bestowed upon the winners lance

To capture such an accolade

Her champion must seize his chance


Horses hooves and battle cries

Head to head, the two compete

Mounting speed and clash of lance

At once deprives Red of his seat


Remounted, Red pulls back his mask

And tips his head in courteous yield

Her Royal Highness goads him on

To win her favour, now revealed


Its image in his battle eye

He spurs his horse to charge anew

And surges forth with war-like roar

To fell that damned, accursed Blue


Amid the stench of sweating flanks

Sir Red thrusts out with valiant force

His charger staunch, his grip is sound

And Blue is fallen, no remorse


The lady’s champion lifts his lance

With reverence, to his Queen of France!




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Reviewed by Mr. Ed
A most captivating historical piece, Ruan.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger
A lady's champion in this tale of ole. Great writing Ruan.
Enjoyed very much. Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
A gallant period poem of an idea that served purpose at that time. And became part of the history and is romanticized in literature

However, the current version on the Internet is just plain brutal stupidity considering the injuries those guys are sustaining.

We are pushing the envelope in many areas of sport, leading to injuries that are serious, life-threatening, and in some cases lifelong.

Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather
so very interesting!
Reviewed by Stephen Kata
Well done! Except, shouldn't it be 'an' accolade?
This is probably too classy for FanStory, as is most of your work.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
A lesson for me (and history), Ruan. Thank you for sharing this. Love and best wishes to you,


(My ancestors are Celtic but also from France) ☺
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
Very valiant poetry, thank you for sharing your lovely work.

Peace, love and light,
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