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    Hans Hellinger

    A dangerous form of jousting, with the points and less armor. Consider these men about to joust here, from the Von Wolfegg housebook:

    Which you can compare with this image from the same housebook (note the difference in the lance points and the armor)

    The diplomat, agent, humanist, historian and later Pope Annaeus Sylvio Piccolomini described how Duke Albrecht Achilles was a fan of the more risky type of joust:

    “On seventeen occasions, protected only by a shield and helmet with the rest of his body uncovered (as in a type of duel practiced by the Germans), he charged with pointed lance in hand against challengers armed the same way, without ever suffering an injury or failing to unhorse his opponents.”

    There is a specific German term for this type of jousting but I have forgotten it

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