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Title: Knights Jousting, Middle Ages

Description: Knights wearing full armor are shown jousting at a 14th Century tournament. Such martial contests required warriors to be dressed in heavy armor, hooded helmets and to carry shields and lances, the latter used to unseat an opponent from a charging horse. Tournaments featuring jousting were most popular from the 12th to the 17th centuries and most often were conducted for large sums of prize money awarded to winning contestants. In many instances, however, jousts were performed simply to establish the physical dominance of a knight or warrior and these dangerous contests even involved monarchs, such as French King Henry II (March 31, 1519-July 10, 1559), who was killed in a joust in Paris when a lance from Gabriel Montgomery (May 5, 1530-June 26, 1574) struck and penetrated Henry's helmet, piercing his eye and skull. Montgomery, a French noble and captain of Henry's Scots Guards, though absolved of any blame by the dying Henry, felt disgraced and retired to his estate in Normandy. Jousting has been depicted in many films, but most graphically in the 1952 film Ivanhoe.

Category: Middle Ages

Keywords: knights, jousting, contests, shields, lances, horses, armor, Henry II, Gabriel Montgomery, tournaments, films, Ivanhoe

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 1230 x 882 (1.08 MPixels) (1.39)

Print Size: 10.4 x 7.5 cm; 4.1 x 2.9 inches

File Size: 3.14 MB (3,290,428 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004395

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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