rene of anjou tournament

As well as the on campaign portrayal, we also stage authentic fifteenth century medieval foot tournaments, which are based on the writings of Rene of Anjou, and illustrations in the Beauchamp Pageant.

Foot Combat

Foot Combat in the Beauchamp Pageant

These feature our Knights with appropriate Crests, and take place before our authentic recreation of a 15thC Tournament Gallery.


We are also deeply honoured to have one of the actual Royal Escutcheons used by The Kynges Guard during the re-internment ceremonies of His Grace King Richard III in 2015.  This has pride of place in our Tournament backdrop.

Gallery Close Up

2015 Tournament Dates:

4th July – Delapre Abbey

15th & 16th August – Goodrich Castle,

Our tournaments are made up for four Knights and their teams.

These are:


Sir William Harrington
White Lion Rampant with a Chess Rook Gules

William Harrington at Tournament 2

The Lord of Wolfage Manor (Brixworth,Northants), heir to the Verdun, and Harrington estates.

The tournament will be hosted by Sir William to celebrate the visit of his brother-in-law, Sir Thomas Pilkington. He has also invited two families from the local northants gentry to take part.

Sir William Harrington observing the Foot Tournament at the Battle of Edgecote

Sir William Harrington observing the Foot Tournament at the Battle of Edgecote


Sir John Mortimer of Grendon
Ermine, on a fess Azure three crosses sarcelly Or

Mortimer at Tournament

Grendon has ancient links with the Harringtons, in earlier times it was  Harrington property.


Sir John Woodhall of Odell
Or, three crescents Gules

Woodhall at Tournament

The ancient Barony of Wahull included the village and castle of Odell in Bedfordshire. In the fifteenth century the Lord of this manor was Sir John Woodhall, who has been invited to the tournament.


Pilkington Coat of Arms

Pilkington Coat of Arms

Sir Thomas Pilkington (ca.1430-k.b.1487)

Argent a cross patonce voided gules


Eldest son of Edmund Pilkington(q.v.)and his second wife, Katherine Assheton.

Sir Thomas Pilkington, was the brother-in-law of Sir William Harrington. He was married to William’s sister, and William married Thomas’ sister.

Sir Thomas was Sheriff of Lancashire at various times between 1463 and 1482. He was Lord of the Manor of Bury and Pilkington ( Outwood,Whitefield and Unsworth) and was probably at the Battle of Bosworth. He was a Knight Banneret ( Captain) in the Household Guard of Richard III. In 1481 he was knighted by Richard in Scotland. Sir Thomas may even have been in the madcap charge of the King across the battlefield that was his undoing, and ended in the Leicester car park.

After Bosworth Sir Thomas Pilkington seems to have holed up at Urswick in North Lancashire.
Sir Thomas was attainted and his estates confiscated by the victor, Henry VII, for being on the losing side at Bosworth. He might have got his manors back later if he had kept his nose clean and sworn loyalty to the new regime. But it seems he was a “conviction Yorkist” and he just couldn’t do that. He joined the rebellion of the Earl of Lincoln and Lambert Simnel. This was crushed at the Battle of East Stoke near Gainsborough ( the actual last battle of the Wars of the Roses) in 1487.

Sir Thomas may have been killed or wounded in the battle at Stoke Field. His fate is not clear. His son obtained a pardon for him in 1508 but that might have been just to clear the family name – it didn’t necessarily mean Sir Thomas was still alive then.

1442 Licensed to marry, as his wife was also his cousin. (ibid.pp.4-6)
 1451  He succeeded to estates in Lancashire. (ibid.)
1468 Licensed to crenelate the Manor House in Bury. (ibid.)
 21 Jun.  1473 On the commission to remove Sir James Harrington(q.v.) and Sir Robert Harrington(q.v.) from the lands of their nieces, Anne and Elizabeth.(C.P.R.1467-77 pp.426-7)
4 Nov.  1478 Pardoned of outlawry in London for not appearing to satisfy Isabel and Ralph Bampton of certain amounts of money. (C.P.R.1476-85 p.128)
1481/2 Knighted by Richard in Scotland. (Ricardian 96 p.369 n.2)
14 May 1483 Sheriff of Lancashire. (Harl.433 I p.72)
18 Aug 1483 One of those commanded to be at Pontefract on the 27th of the month.(Harl.433 II p.10)
10 Sep 1483 The receiver of Lancashire was told to pay him his wages and dues.(ibid.pp.15-6)
ca Oct 1484 Granted an annuity of 100 marks. (Harl.433 I p.223)
22 Aug 1485 With Richard at Bosworth. (Hutton p.211). He escaped, with others, to Furness. (Bill H.)
Sep. 1485 Exempted from pardon. (Ricardian 43 pp.4-6)
14 Aug.1486 Granted a general pardon. (C.P.R.1485-94 p.130)
16 Jun. 1487 Killed at Stoke Field. (Ricardian 43 p.4)

Each Tournament will have a number of rounds. Typically, in the morning we will feature archery and determine the most skilled archer from the assembled throng.

delapre archery

Once this is complete, the our teams retire for their victuals – and the public can learn about the manners and food which might have been on display at such a gathering.

Top Table

Then, in the afternoon – a full Tournament of Foot.



The winners are then awarded the spoils


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