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What is jousting armor?

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Jousting armor refers to a suit of protective plate armor used by lance-wielding horsemen during jousting competitions from the Middle Ages to the early 18th century. The armor sets were typically made from steel plate, leather and copper alloys, with textiles to pad the inside of the helmet and armor.

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Jousters were not required to wear armor below the waist, since such a hit was considered illegal during tournaments. Jousters aimed for a hit against the opponent's shield, if he had one, or his grand guard or helmet. The grand guard acted as a built-in shield with extra reinforcement, and the helmet was bolted onto the torso plate to prevent severe injury.

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