Quasimodo with malice aforethought during the joust. Helping the evil Black Knight to win.
The pauper was hired as a jester to assist in the tournament and joust. Reward: being rediculed mocked and a meal.
The tournaments where the jousts were held were large sometimes huge spectator events that saw people from all walks of life come to enjoy the event and cheer on their favorite knight.
“Why Were Some People Paupers?
Most paupers fell into one or another of three groups.
The physically incompetent: the mentally retarded, blind and deaf, halt and aged, the deformed, maimed or mutilated, “lepers,” epileptics, emotionally disturbed, and others.
The socially marginalized: widows and orphans without protection, any criminals who had been “marked,” captured soldiers who had been maimed, old women, the “immoral,” and others cast out of their own societies."
Shot taken during the Royal Quest 2011 in Kampen Netherlands.
Featuring: Ridders te paard from Breda.