Arms and Armour of the Renaissance Joust
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Published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the greatest tournament of the Tudor age – the Field of Cloth of Gold, which took place in 1520.
The Renaissance is best known as an age of artists – Michelangelo, da Vinci, Titian and Holbein – but it is also the age of the noble patrons who challenged their painters and sculptors to create great art. These patrons were knights, military leaders and jousters. They played a central role in the story of another great Renaissance story, that of the armourer.
Here, Tobias Capwell continues his history of jousting seen through surviving artefacts in the collection of the Royal Armouries. He reveals how the jousts and tournaments of the Renaissance transported knightly combat into a kind of performance art, with demonstrations of aristocratic skill and nerve, of superhuman strength and superlative horsemanship – and of cutting-edge equipment.
Tobias Capwell FSA is Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection, London. He is an expert on the study of medieval and Renaissance armour, and a skilled competitor in the modern competitive jousting community.
Publication date: TBC
ISBN: 978 0 94809 299 2
Dimensions: 228x168 mm
No. of pages: 96
Binding style: Paperback
Details of illustrations: 100 colour illustrations
Publication Date: April 2020
Publisher: Royal Armouries
Illustrations: 100 colour illustrations
Dimensions: 228 x 168 mm
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