Past meets present at Jousting exhibit

The popularity of "extreme jousting" programs such as the History Channel's Full Metal Jousting have prompted comment from a number of organizations such as the SCA. Jeffrey Forgeng of the Valley Advocate (Springfield, Massachusetts) offers his take.

Forgeng discusses the sport in conjunction with a special exhibit on jousting hosted by the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA. He writes:

A major goal of the exhibit is to breathe life into these artifacts by giving visitors a feel for the power of jousting as it was practiced in the Middle Ages, and for the excitement of the revived sport in the 21st century. This is particularly evident in the section of the exhibit that juxtaposes medieval and modern tournaments, with medieval images of tournaments mingling with photos from modern jousts; biographies of medieval jousters; perspectives from contestants involved in modern jousting (and from their horses!); and a video showing action at the modern American Tournament of the Phoenix.