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 partons 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 transformed knightly combat into a performance art, with demonstations of aristocratic skill and nerve, of superhuman strength and superlatice horsemanship - and of cutting-edge technology.
The book forms part of a series of introductions to aspects of the Royal Armouries' collection of arms and armour. Written by specialists in the field, they are packed full of fascinating information and stunning photography.