Tuesday, 21 April 2009

"Blimey, They Are Really Hitting Each Other!"

Boys will be boys - but girls get to play at this as well. This is the 2006 Championship Final of the Lancaster's Armourie Full Contact Medieval Sword Fighting Tournaments. Lord Hugh Despencer versus Sir John of Winchester.

The Penguin


it's either banned or compulsory said...

The Health'n'Safety crowd might expect to have a field day with this but they would be wrong.
Knights of the High Medieval period rarely seriously hurt each other ( which was the general idea of such mutually assured protection ) most of them got killed by being stabbed by scurvey footsoldiers either through the eye slits or in the bollox.

The Penguin said...

You should see the full Rules And Regulations that Roger Lankford insists on, plus the weapons used are all Roger and his family's own LA manufactured, some of them 12 years or more old, they don't shatter. Also, no-one gets to play unless Roger is sure they are properly trained, properly fit, and have armour that is up to the job.

In the years 2004 to 2007 there were no serious injuries whatsoever, which is more that you can say for Rugby or Soccer.

DaveP said...

Is this video used as a police training aid?

The Penguin said...

No, if it were a Police Training Aid only one of them would have a weapon and armour.

DaveP said...

Silly me