Albert, who was a man of great strength and considerable skill in feats of arms, delighted in tournaments and knightly exercises.
Tournaments in particular are fertile occasions of all the deadly sins; and mystery plays, except those of the birth and resurrection of Christ performed in the churches, also lead men into transgression.
Brilliant tournaments were held in 1249 and 1267, and others were prohibited in 1222 and 1244.
In the middle ages there was a constant succession of pageants, processions and tournaments.
Such a circumstance occurring at a time of general festivity, when devices, mottoes and conceits of all kinds were adopted as ornaments or badges of the habits worn at jousts and tournaments, would naturally have been commemorated as other royal expressions seem to have been by its conversion into a device and motto for the dresses at an approaching hastilude."