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Ed­ward i of Eng­land 1239-1307

As a prince, Ed­ward took part in many tour­na­ments. He se­cured an edict from his fa­ther al­low­ing tour­na­ments through­out the coun­try. As king of Eng­land, he fur­ther en­cour­aged the devel­op­ment of the joust as a way of in­creas­ing his pres­tige. Fas­ci­nat­ingly, he mod­elled his fa­mous ‘Round Ta­ble’ tour­na­ments on Arthurian myth.

Henry ii of France 1519-59

King Henry II of France was a Re­nais­sance king with a taste for chival­ric show and while still a prince, he won mistresses by wear­ing their favours in jousts. Un­for­tu­nately, he ul­ti­mately per­ished as a re­sult of a joust when a splin­ter from a bro­ken lance en­tered his brain, and he died of blood poi­son­ing ten days af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

agnes Ho­tot c.14th cen­tury

When her fa­ther fell ill be­fore a joust, Agnes Ho­tot de­cided to en­ter the con­test in his place. Af­ter un­hors­ing her op­po­nent, she let down her hair and re­moved her breast­plate to show her op­po­nent that he had been beaten by a woman. Agnes’ fu­ture hus­band al­legedly took this strik­ing im­age of her in her ar­mour for his fam­ily crest.

ul­rich von liecht­en­stein c.1200-75

A poet as well as a knight, Ul­rich von Liecht­en­stein left be­hind many tales of his ex­ploits. In one set of songs he de­scribes trav­el­ling in ar­mour dressed as “Lady Venus” in de­fence of ladies. He gen­er­ously gave rings to any­one who broke a lance against him – in all, he gave away 271 rings in his trav­els.

wil­liam Mar­shal 1147-1219

Wil­liam Mar­shal, though a younger son with no land, rose to serve five English kings af­ter earn­ing renown in a tour­na­ment on a horse he had ap­par­ently bor­rowed. Mar­shal man­aged to earn his for­tune by win­ning jousts and he was later made earl of Pem­broke be­fore be­ing ap­pointed pro­tec­tor of Henry III and re­gent of the king­dom.

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