Tournaments: A Thousand Years of Chivalry

29TH MARCH 2022

Tournaments: A Thousand Years of Chivalry

Edited by Stefan Krause, Curator of the Imperial Armoury, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Thomas Del Mar Ltd is delighted to have published this important work in association with the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.  Profusely illustrated in colour, this book explores numerous aspects of the rich history of tournament from its beginnings until modern times.

Please note that the price includes postage and packing, but excludes any local import taxes.

This book was published in March 2022.


Fifteen chapters by leading international scholars discuss specific topics:

Chapter 1:

From War to Spectacle: The Tournament from the High to the Late Middle Ages

Richard Barber, Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of History at the University of York, United Kingdom



Chapter 2:

Sperschîbe, Mayndefer and Rennhawbn. Arms and Armour for the Tournament from their first Appearance until the Dawn of the Armour Garniture 

Dirk Breiding, Curator of Arms and Armor, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, United States of America



Chapter 3:

The Castilian “Book of the Order of the Band”: The first written, codified rules for tourneys and jousts in Western Europe

Noel Fallows,  Associate Provost, University of Georgia, United States of America



Chapter 4:

Jousting under the Holy Crown: Tournaments at the Hungarian Royal Court during the Sixteenth Century            

Borbála Gulyás, Research Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary



Chapter 5:

Politics as Pomp and Circumstance: The Tournaments held at the Courts of the Austrian Habsburgs in the Sixteenth Century

Matthias Pfaffenbichler, former Curator, Imperial Armoury, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria



Chapter 6:

Never-Ending Chivalry: Tournaments in Renaissance France from Charles VIII to Louis XIII            

Marina Viallon, former Research Fellow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States of America



Chapter 7:

Pieces of Advantage: Tournament Armour in Tudor England       

Thom Richardson, Curator Emeritus at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, United Kingdom



Chapter 8:

Chivalry illustrated: Tournament Books from the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Stefan Krause, Curator, Imperial Armoury, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria



Chapter 9:

"A book (...) containing various jousts of His Grace": The Tournament Books of Archduke Ferdinand II   

Veronika Sandbichler, Director, Schloss Ambras, Innsbruck, Austria



Chapter 10:

Dancing with Horses: On the History of Equine Ballets and Cavalry Spectacles in Europe  

Marie Louise von Plessen, Equestrian Culture Historian and Exhibition Curator



Chapter 11:

The Eglinton Tournament of 1839: The Dreams and Reality of Jousting in the Gothic Revival         

Jonathan Tavares, Curator, The Art Institute of Chicago, United States of America



Chapter 12:

Memory and Charity: Courtly Carousels during the Reign of Emperor Franz Joseph            

Mario Döberl, Curator, Imperial Carriage Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria



Chapter 13:

Playing the Game: Belgian Tournaments in the early 20th Century           

Nicolas Baptiste, Curator, Schloss Morges, Switzerland



Chapter 14:

Knights of the Republic: The Ring Tournament in the United States         

Natalie Zacek, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester, United Kingdom



Chapter 15:

21st-Century Knight: Historical Jousting in Practice c. 1996- 2014

Tobias Capwell, Curator, The Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom







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