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The Grand Medieval Joust at Leeds Castle
Review

Leeds Castle.....The perfect combination of stunning castle and picturesque grounds was the setting for "The Grand Medieval Joust".....three days of competition,battles and displays of medieval weapons and armour all showing  how life was back in the day...

Various re-enactment groups set up their camps around the beautiful parkland each bringing there own piece of medieval  life to the event...

The knights of Destrier with their amazing displays of horsemanship once again returned with their squires and beautiful horses to Leeds Castle..they were last here in 2014 wowing the crowds at the Grand Medieval Tournament...

This years event proved to be just as thrilling three days of "Skill at arm's" "Melee" and heavy hitting "Jousting" all ending up with a tie between "Herr Wolfgang" and "Sir Edward Stacy" on the final day .....they had one extra run through the lists which again was a draw..The only way it could be concluded was to go through the score book with overall hits to the targe being the fairest way to decide the winner....

 

Finally not to forget the other stars of the show the Fabulous Horses belonging to "Nicky" herself one of the knights of the tournament....and owner of "Horses 4 History"...

And the winner is... "Herr Wolfgang von der Weyden of Bavaria"

The sappers from the Medieval Siege Society brought along "Cecil the Trebuchet" to hurl various cabbages at the mighty castle....I am pleased to say none made any real impact and the walls are still standing....

The War of the Roses Federation were there in numbers on the battlefield with the following companies attendance...

The Company of Canterbury, Fahnlein Uri,  House of Bayard, Knights in Battle ,  The Oxford Household, Thomas Stanleys Household, Wingfields,  The Company of the Silver Arrow, De Mowbrays Men...

Portraying on one side the rebellious leader from Kent  "Jack Cade" and the other "Lord Howard" for the crown....

The year was 1450 and Jack lead  a movement against the government which proved popular due to the loss of our French lands and high Taxes to pay for a lost war, Lord Howard and his troops were working for the High Sheriff of Kent, the rebellion failed and Jack was captured and died of wounds before he could be put on Trial.....

The King's Ordinance were the fire power on the battlefield bringing along various sizes of weapons from hand held  guns to the impressive Ribauldequin which fires multiple rounds...Everyone loves the noise and power of the heavy guns.....

Another fantastic event at the castle and hopefully one that will be repeated next year....

For more information of forthcoming events at the castle or to visit please check out their website ......

www.leeds-castle.com

To find out more about Destrier please click "Here"

Cecil the Trebuchet also has its own page ... "Here"

Horses 4 History website...."Here"

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