A VARIETY OF SPORTS AT THE CORONATION, ARTHUR AMPLY REWARDS
soon as the banquets were over, they went into the fields
without the city, to divert themselves with various sports.
The military men composed a kind of diversion in imitation
of a fight on horseback; and the ladies, placed on the top
of the walls as spectators, in a sportive manner darted
their amorous glances at the courtiers, the more to encourage
them. Others spent the remainder of the day in other diversions,
such as shooting with bows and arrows, tossing the pike,
casting of heavy stones and rocks, playing at dice and the
like, and all these inoffensively and without quarrelling.
Whoever gained the victory in any of these sports, was rewarded
with a rich prize by Arthur. In this manner were the first
three days spent; and on the fourth, all who, upon account
of their titles, bore any kind of office at this solemnity,
were called together to receive honours and preferments
in reward of their services, and to fill up the vacancies
in the governments of cities and castles, archbishoprics,
bishoprics, abbeys, and other posts of honour.
Book VII, Chapter
III - The Prophecy of Merlin