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Georg Ruxner's, Anfang, Upsprung und Herkommen des Thurniers inn Teutscher
Nation [Siemern, 1530], presents a historical sketch of tournaments held
in Germany from the 10th century to the one held in Worms in 1487. The
text provides information on the origin and ritual of the tournament, descriptions
and lists of participants, while the 41 woodcuts give action pictures and
scenes of the dances and festivities that were as essential a part as the
fighting itself. There are also 246 cuts of the coats of arms of notable
warriors. The contemporary roll-stamped pigskin binding has the arms of
the city of Torgan.