Armour for the Joust of War

Armour for the joust of war

Dates from about 1500 | Object number: II.167, VII.1365 (Purchased with the aid of The Art Fund & The Pilgrim Trust)

YouTube link to armour for joust of war video This armour came from Maximilian’s own armoury at Vienna and was probably worn by the Holy Roman Emperor himself. It was specially made for the Scharfrennen, a version of the Joust of War perfected at Maximilian’s court. This was run in the open field with pointed lances.

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