Our ‘Knight-in-Residence’ Andy Deane at the Tournament of King John III

The museum’s ‘Knight-in-Residence’ Andy Deane is no stranger to the clattering lances and thundering hooves of the Royal Armouries annual tournament, but how does he fare when competing away from home? The Royal Armouries recently had the honour of competing in the Tournament of King John III at Gniew Castle in Poland. Here, Andy tells us about his experience.  What is the Tournament of King John III and how did the Royal Armouries come to be involved? The Tournament startedRead more

Meet the Horses 2017

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 be fooled by the colouring, the humble black and white cob has been seen in many of the great battles throughout history. Alfie’s short, stockyRead more

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 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 with sword and shield in hand, he fought hard and well. That was it – he was hooked. As a boy, Andy only ever wantedRead more

Meet Team France: Marie Baron & Luc Petillot

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 learning the art of jousting with the medieval reenactment group “Excalibur”, becoming one of the first female jousters in France. Since then she has takenRead more

Meet Team Norway: Ivar Mauritz-Hansen & Per Estein Prøis-Røhjell

Our Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Meet Team Norway, represented this year by Ivar Mauritz-Hansen and Per Estein Prøis-Røhjell. Ivar Mauritz-Hansen Hailing from Bærum, Norway, Ivar was inspired by the exploits of the great heroes of the medieval era from a young age and began competing in Olympic fencing at the age of 9. By 2006, he had begun training with medieval swords and armour and joined De NorskeRead more

Meet the Apprentice: Mike Collin

In the last of our blog posts profiling the contestants in this year’s The Knight’s Apprentice Show, we introduce Mike Collin, who hopes to claim the honour of appearing in our prestigious Easter tournament. Who will you be cheering on? Mike Collin Height: 5’10” Weight: 12st 5lb Armour: Italian composite harness Mike is an actor and stunt rider who has spent all his life in the saddle. Having started out in show jumping, cross country and dressage, Mike has since moved intoRead more