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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.