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'Will appeal to a wide audience. It is beautifully presented...the illustrations add further glory to a thorough historical analysis which is based on extensive research in Europe-wide sources...particularly useful in bringing to our attention lesser-known materials from the Iberian peninsula. The level of discussion range and thoroughness of treatment and excellence of annotation make this a useful reference work for the academic historian too: it is hard to find any aspect of tournaments that is not covered.'HISTORY The first serious study of tournaments throughout Europe reveals their importance - in the training of the medieval knight the development of arms and armour as an instrument of political patronage and as a grand public spectacle.