favourite sport at the castle was tilting
at the ring.
horizontal bar was fixed in a post, and at the end of a hanging
was placed a circular ring, as shown in the above illustrated title.
raising or lowering the bar the ring could be adjusted to the proper
height—generally about the level of the left eyebrow of the
The object was to ride swiftly some eighty paces and run the lance
through the ring, which was easily detached, and remained on the lance
the property of the skilful winner.
It was a very difficult feat, and
were not unnaturally proud of the rings they had succeeded in capturing.
one tournament at the castle Henry de Gournay
Each had his rings made into a chain—De Gournay's
exactly sixteen inches in length, and Malet's six inches.
Now, as the
rings were all of the same size and made of metal half an inch thick,
little puzzle proposed by Sir Hugh was to discover just how many rings
each man had won.