German knights in full armor. Heavy cavalry.

Knight, middle ages cavalry. Tournament, 16th century, military costumes, Chivalry,

German knights in full armor 16th century

German knights in full armor riding to the tournament.

German Renaissance period, 16th century. Heavy Cavalry.

Since the 15th Century, the joust was no longer relevant as a military training and developed into sport. Especially under Maximilian I. of Habsburg (1459-1519), called the last knight, developed from the 1490s, a real “jousting industry” with competitions under different rules and different, specially designed equipment. Paulus Hector Mair in the 1540s provides a list of more than a dozen different types of jousting.

Source: Cavalry duel by Paul Hector Mair: De arte athletica. Augsburg mid-16th Century.

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