Laura Freeman Laura Freeman

Knight fever

Chivalric spectacle, marriage market, medieval G8 – why the Middle Ages were mad for jousting

Emperor Maximilian I liked to say he invented the joust of the exploding shields. When a knight charged and his lance struck the opposing shield — bam! — the shield shattered and the shrapnel went up like fireworks. It’s almost impossible to turn the pages of Freydal. Medieval Games. The Book of Tournaments of Emperor Maximilian I and not imagine Batman-style captions.

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