As you might suspect St George makes appearances throughout our collection but never more splendidly as on the silvered and engraved armour of King Henry VII, as Keeper of Tower Armouries, Bridget Clifford, explains. You don’t get more English than St George do you? Well perhaps Henry VIII, the tubby bloke with poor marital history … Continue reading St George in the Armouries
Keeper - Tower of London, Bridget Clifford, invites you to join us on Saturday 22 April to explore the history of women and armour at our Deadlier than the Mail: Women in Armour study day at the Tower of London, in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces. In the 1970s, arms and armour were a man’s world both … Continue reading Deadlier than the Mail?
We've introduced you to the apprentices and jousters taking part in our tournaments over the next fortnight, so let us introduce you to the real stars of the Knight's Apprentice and the Easter Tournament. NB: A horse is measured in "hands" with each "hand" being equal to four inches. ALFIE Traditional Cob, 15 hands Don't … Continue reading Meet the Horses 2017
In this monthly blog series, our collections team will write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. This month's object has been chosen in anticipation for our jousting event that will be held at the at the Royal Armouries in Leeds between 14-17 April. Karen Watts, our Senior Curator for Armour and … Continue reading Object of the Month for April: Henry VIII’s Foot Combat armour
Our Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Meet Team England, represented this year by Andy Deane and Steve Hemphill. Andy "Old Iron-arm" Deane As a young man-at-arms, in 1985, Andy strode out in front of an audience for his first ‘Trial by Combat’. Nervous, and … Continue reading Meet Team England: Andy Deane & Steve Hemphill
Our Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Meet Team France, represented this year by Marie Baron and Luc Petillot. Marie Baron Marie has been riding from a young age, trying her hand at many disciplines and even competing in classical dressage. In 2005, she began … Continue reading Meet Team France: Marie Baron & Luc Petillot