Archive for June, 2016

Event Review – Kenilworth Castle II, this time it’s torrential



Last weekend saw the Companye encamped once more at the splendid Kenilworth Castle. We were there recently in April for St Georges day and it felt like no time had passed until our return.

Well, it has to be said – it was a wet one.

When we say wet, biblical is perhaps a better expression.

However, whilst these things are sent to try us, rain did indeed exist in 15th Century England and it was a case of keep calm and carry on. Some things never change!

So, despite the inclement weather – we had a great time. We were there as part of English Heritage’s ‘summer’ season of authentic jousts, contested competitively with solid lances. Our authentic recreation of a tournament gallery (to our knowledge the only one out there at the moment) had been requested to complement the jousting arena and boy did it look an appropriate part of the spectacle. From here, our Ladies watched their champions in the lists.


This year’s Joust was slightly special, as for the first time English Heritage had allowed women to joust as women. Whilst inauthentic, allowances had been made given that Jousting is now recognised as a revived sport and the top jousters should be allowed to compete regardless of gender.

The nation press had picked this up, so there was much focus on this going into the event:


Nicky Willis, with her fangirl Harrington Sarah. Nicky wore Sarah’s favour in the joust

We were delighted to see Nicky be recognised for her equestrian skills, we have known her for ages and she has been a great friend to the Companye, managing our attendance at the Woodland Skirmishes at Tournament Stud.


As well as the jousting, there was authentic traders, jesters, medieval music, and two arena displays from the Harrington Companye.

In the morning, we showcased the English Longbow.

There was some amazing shooting on display as you can see from the target in the photo. It was hard to split the contestents, but it was a day for the girls and after invoking the Holy Platforms of St Baby of Spice, Chloe struck a blow for girl power and won the Saturday Tournament. Not bad for someone who has recently took up the bow! Stan returned to form on the Sunday and proved why he is the current Archer of Wolfage Manor.

Then after the jousting, it was time for combat..

Firstly we demonstrated dagger techniques from Hans Talhoffer’s manuals, before moving on to some I.33 Sword and Buckler. This was fresh for some of us who had recently attended the excellent Two Days of the Blade seminar and it was a great chance to course correct errors we had previously picked up.

Then we moved through the other weapons, before a treat for the crowd – as there was so many of us in attendance we staged some lungbusting group combat between two opposing lances of men. Lastly, in the spirit of the Tournee, we closed with Circles of Honour; and Treachery! Only the strongest would remain.


Sadly, we have to report that poor Phil also won’t be having any children for a while after this lovely codling shot from Marcus in the poleaxe bout!

And so, after the combat the event came to a close. It wasn’t quite the glorious summer evening we had hoped for but we manage to squeeze in a wee game of rounders.

Until Sam lost the ball.. No, you won’t be living that one down anytime soon.

Feedback from EH has been wonderful, and whilst this is our last appearance at Kenilworth for 2016 we should be delighting the crowds there again next year.

For the Companye, next up is our showcase Battle of Northampton event at Delapre Abbey with our great (and noisy) friends in the Companye of Seint Barbara!

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We shall see you there, but lastly we can’t close this month’s blog without introducing you to the newest member of the Companye, who attended her first ever event. Welcome to Evie..


Far too cute



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Kenilworth Castle – Event Timings

Below are the displays and timings for our upcoming Grand Medieval Joust event at Kenilworth Castle:

Be transported back in time this weekend as the Grand Medieval Joust sets up camp in the grounds of the magnificent Kenilworth Castle. Budding Lords and Ladies of every age can experience the sights, smells and entertainments of an authentic medieval celebration as the castle is brought to life.

Today you will see a true battle of heroes as four Knights gather. Jousting on horseback and armed with a lance, the knights will fight to prove their superior power and chivalrous skills. There is also a chance to meet the knights, to discover the secrets of their armour and weaponry as they are dressed in preparation for combat by their squires.

As well as experiencing the thrills and spills of an authentic joust, make merry with a feast of medieval entertainments and treats. Learn about the armour, weapons and the impact of the fearsome medieval longbow! Enjoy the ‘sport of kings’ within the castle grounds – and in the air above – as Raphael

Historic Falconry show off some of their birds of prey in the ‘mews’. The birds will take to the air in outstanding displays of the skills that many monarchs would have mastered as part of any hunting trip.

Children can take part in junior jousting and melee in our kid’s activity area (7). Don’t forget to visit our medieval market place (6). Kids of all ages can take part in have a go archery (10). Listen to medieval music, enjoy mischief from the jester, as well as a range of displays within our living history encampments this is sure to be a great day out for all the family.


Timetable of Events

10.30am Medieval Music with Blast from the Past

11.00am Meet the Knights (Retail Marquee)

11.00am Arms, Armour and Combat of the 15th Century (Castle Arena)

11.30am Meet the Fool

11.30am Arming the Knight (Knights Encampment)

12.00pm Medieval Falconry The art of Hawking for the Pot (Falconry Arena)

12.45pm Grand Medieval Joust (Joust Arena)

1.30pm Meet the Fool

2.00pm Medieval Music with Blast from the Past

2.00pm Meet the Knights (Retail Marquee)

2.30pm Meet the Fool

2.30pm Arming the Knight (Knights Encampment)

3.00pm Medieval Falconry A dashing display of the sport of Kings (Falconry Arena)

3.45pm Grand Medieval Joust (Joust Arena)

4.30pm Arms, Armour and Combat of the 15th Century (Castle Arena)

4.30pm Medieval Music with Blast from the Past

Harrington Companye displays are in bold

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