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The Grand Medieval Joust at Eltham Palace
Review

The leafy oasis of Eltham Palace on the outskirts of London hosted a two day Grand Medieval jousting tournament over the weekend of 18th & 19th of June....The team at English Heritage put on another great event with a wide range of activities and displays to keep both young and old amused... We went along on the Sunday and along with a great number of other visitors enjoyed some perfectly timed  summer sunshine to accompany the days festivities....

The main event...

Dominic Sewell the knights Marshall

Martyn Smith

Mark Griffin

Hector de la Marck

Michael Sadde

The Main event.... Michael Sadde and Hector De La Marck made the trip from France with their beautiful horses to compete against England’s Mark Griffin and Martyn Smith in the lists at Eltham Palace..

They took to the tournament field twice a day both Saturday & Sunday with  French jousters verses English to begin with then the highest points scorers against each other to finish....

Domic Sewell of "Historic Equitation" was the knights Marshall and with his team kept order over the tournament field seeing fair play was maintained ,The Jousting was of mixed fortune on both  sides, although both days were dominated by the French knights, the English team put up a brave fight with some heavy hits against their competitors...

The final joust of the weekend seeing Michael Sadde taking joust number four with a five point hit to the helm in the final against his French compatriot Hector De la Marck ..... With a total of three out of four joust wins the overall  title "Champion of the Tournament of Eltham Palace" goes to Hector De La Marck...

 

 

"Hector De La Marck"

Jousting ..Mark Griffin vs Michael Sadde

Jousting ..Mark Griffin vs Hector De La Marck

Only Jesting....

The fantastic jester keeping everyone amused and amazed....always a winner with the audience ....

Medieval encampments were scattered around the events field with re-enactors from various groups in attendance including the Medieval Siege Society and the Paladins of Chivalry all there to give you an idea of Clothing,armour and daily life back in medieval times....

For the younger members a foot tournament arena and a miniature quintain were available to test their qualities as a future knight or jouster...

Armour a plenty in the foot tournament arenas,where displays of foot combat and training regimes took place throughout the day using a wide range of weaponry from small daggers to swords and pole axes ...

Birds of prey from Raphael Historic Falconry were on display and also flown both on horseback and on foot by the falconers .... fantastic to watch such intelligent and well trained birds homing in on the lures...

Archery in the moat with members both young and old from the Medieval siege Society  showing their skills and accuracy using Longbows and cross bows hitting targets of wild boar,pigeons and even the occasional knight in armour.....

Archery in the moat
Men at arm's
Birds of Prey...
The medieval Siege Society
Armoured foot soldiers escort the royal party from the encampment to the royal residence..

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

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/eltham-palace-and-gardens

For information on similar events at English Heritage properties follow the link below..

 

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/knights-jousts-events

To find out more about "Historic Equitation" follow the link below....

www.historicequitation.com

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