• Short Summary

    For the second time Como, small city on the lake nearing the same name, held the historical tournaments as they had been in the year 1100 when the City waged a war alone against a coalition of the Lombardy region led by the city of Milan.

  • Description

    For the second time Como, small city on the lake nearing the same name, held the historical tournaments as they had been in the year 1100 when the City waged a war alone against a coalition of the Lombardy region led by the city of Milan.

    About 50,000 spectators, among whom were many foreigners, were present at this pageant. At the distance of 900 years Como's war vessels once again sailed on the lake, each bearing its communal banner.

    The "captain ship" bore the lady of the castle Primaluna "first moon" who alighted on shore and took place on the stand erected to view the tournament.

    Before the actual tournament began the medieval ships faithfully reconstructed from original models and manned by crews wearing costumes of the time, paraded before the public.

    The tournament consisted in contests of skill with harpoons which were thrown at the eye of a dragon, another event consisted in the use of quarterstaves and still another contest in which lance and shield were the weapons used.

    The winners were given prizes consisting in a banner and two sheep each.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABXC2EKJ08GEDEZ71YGZWYZIHB
    Media URN:
    VLVABXC2EKJ08GEDEZ71YGZWYZIHB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/09/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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