MEDIEVAL JOUSTING TOURNAMENT
25th, 26th and 27th May 2019
England vs France
WITNESS MEDIEVAL RIVALRY
Thrill at the sight of armoured knights representing both countries competing for the Leeds Castle International Cup on powerful combat horses across four challenging events!
This event is included with the price of admission.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
Competing over three days for the coveted Leeds Castle International Cup, a team of five skilled fighters from France will battle against five brave competitors from England, each with their own horse and precious armour.
Points will be accumulated across all three days, with the Cup being awarded to the highest scoring team. The tournament consists of four challenging events, each demonstrating strength and ability.
BEYOND THE ARENA
Across the three days of the tournament there will be other medieval events and activities to entertain, educate and thrill.
Witness the amazing sight of the Trebuchet being fired across the Castle lawns.
Experience sight... and sound of the medieval cannons!
Encampment & Market
See medieval reenactors living as they did in Medieval times in encampments on the Castle lawns.
Fiery Jack Workshop
Have a go at skill based throwing games including Toad in the Hole, Quoits and a Kubb arena with Jesters on hand to share the rules.
Children can take part in Medieval Games across the weekend.
UNDERSTANDING THE RULES OF THE TOURNAMENT
Along with his horse, each competitor is required to provide a full, well-fitted and historically accurate harness of armour based on sources dated between 1450 and 1500. The Marshal for the Tournament will be the judge not only of every bash, crash, hit and pass, but also of the equipment used down to the last detail.
To understand in detail how the tournament will be fairly and historically judged, please read the rules.
HISTORY OF THE TOURNAMENT
Medieval Tournaments where knights fought in simulated cavalry battles with the purpose of defeating the opposing team, probably began in France in the 11th century. By the next century, the sport had become popular across Europe. Tournaments often last several days, usually in celebration of an important event such as a marriage or coronation.
By the 13th Century Jousting had become more prevalent as an event of the tournament. The name ‘joust’ originated from the Latin ‘juxtare’ which means ‘to meet’. This part of the event was likely fashioned in answer to the grander prominence of gallantry, chivalry and honour in the later Middle Ages.
A noble knight was expected to demonstrate such qualities as martial prowess and noble debonair manners. Competitors with a criminal background or with a notorious reputation were barred from competing, leading to some knights to enter anonymously.