Claim your prize
In early tournaments, knights who lost forfeited their armour and horse to the victor. They would then have to pay a ransom to get it back from the knight who defeated them. William Marshal captured ransoms from 103 knights in a ten-month period of tournaments. As the rules of chivalry developed, mercenary tendency became unseemly. Later jousts culminated in grand gift giving ceremonies presided over by the ladies of the court. Prizes could be a gold plate, jewels, crowns, costly garments, weapons, armour, or even exotic animals like talking parrots. In Magdeburg in the 1280s, the first prize in a tournament was a beautiful woman, though the winner chastely paid her dowry to marry another man. In 1352, Amadeus IV of Savoy won three gold rings and three kisses from beautiful women. He kept the kisses but passed the rings to other worthy jousters – they grumbled that they would have preferred the kisses.
Prizes were often distributed by the ladies of the tournament