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Eine Besucherin und eine Besucher bestaunen eine Vitrine im Prunksaal

You've voted! The winner of our online voting for the special exhibit"Martial Arts. Historical depictions of fencing and tournaments" is "The Tournament Book of Emperor Maximilian I.". You will be able to admire the winning object at a presentation on September 27, 2022.

Object 3: The Tournament Book of Emperor Maximilian I.
Manuscript, 1550 - 1560

The famous "Last Knight" is remembered in the so-called Tournament Book of Emperor Maximilian I, who claimed not only to have renewed the tournament in Germany, but to have invented it in the first place. Long attributed to the 16th century, but actually written in Augsburg in the early 17th century, the book is probably based on older originals that are likely to have come from the Emperor’s surroundings. It contains, among other things, pictures of the entry to the tournament and of various techniques of duelling on horseback. Particularly remarkable are the numerous depictions of armour, which are shown both on the wearer and disassembled in their individual parts, thus resembling cut-out sheets for dress-up dolls.

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