Tournament Top Ten
Take a look at our ‘Top Ten’ Tournament gallery objects.
Armour from Maximilian’s own armoury at Vienna probably worn by the Holy Roman Emperor himself.
Dates from 1500 | Object number: II.167, VII.1365
This helmet is from a foot tourney armour for Christian I, Elector of Saxony by Anton Peffenhauser.
Dates from 1591 | Object number: II.186
This extraordinary armour, designed for Henry VIII, is like no other in Britain.There is no chink in its protection which completely covers the body.
Dates from 1520 | Object number: II.6
This splendid armour was probably made for Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, to wear during the pageants and displays he organised to entertain the Queen during her visit to his estate.
Dates from 1575 | Object number: II. 81
This helmet has a most unusual visor in the form of a human face. It is a virtuoso example of metalworking: the moustache and nose were not attached but made as one with the visor.
Dates from 1525 | Object number: IV. 29
The Burgundian bard, probably by Guillem Margot, presented by Maximilian I to King Henry VIII.
Dates from 1511-14 | Object number: VI.6–12
This helmet originally formed part of the court armour of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I.
Dates from 1511-14 | Object number: IV.22
This Horse armour was made up of several parts. The peytral protected the horse’s chest and the crupper its rear and tail. The flanks were protected by a pair of flanchards. A shaffron protected the horse’s head and a crinet its neck (both missing)
Dates from 1515 | Object number: VI.14–16
This is the finest decorated armour in the Royal Armouries collection. It was possibly made for King Henri II of France.
Dates from 1550 | Object number: II.89
The Tonlet armour takes its name from its large metal skirt, or tonlet, which offered protection for the upper legs during foot combat. The tonlet was probably inspired by the male fashion for heavy fabric skirts, or ‘bases’.
Dates from 1520 | Object number: II.7