Meet team England

Our annual Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Ahead of this year’s joust, meet team England, represented this year by Andy Deane and Nicky Willis.   Team England are sponsored by HESCO.  Andy Deane Motto: Fortis Labore (Strong work) As a key member of the Royal Armouries Museum’s live interpretation team for over 20 years, Andy uses his combat and performance skills every day to bring history to life for our visitors.Read more

Meet team France

Our annual Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Ahead of this year’s joust, meet team France, represented this year by Luc Petillot and Marie Baron.  Luc Petillot Motto: ‘Meus honor est fides’ (My honor is my faith) Luc has been jousting since 1999 and is one of the key members in the International Jousting League. He is the founder and manager of the group ‘Excalibur Ile de France’, a renowned medieval re-enactmentRead more

Meet team Poland

Our annual Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Ahead of this year’s joust, meet team Poland, represented this year by Krystian Mroz and Lukasz Dutkiewicz. They are sponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute and Embassy of the Republic of Poland Lukasz Dutkiewicz Łukasz lives in Kanie Helenowskie, which is a small town just 20km from the centre of Warsaw, where he co-runs a stables and riding school Pa-Ta-Taj. Together with his wife Zuzanna and her family they currently own around 100 horses and ponies. They train horses and people for sports like showRead more

Armours of childhood

There has been much academic debate as to the nature of childhood and children’s experiences throughout the ages. As few children set down accounts of their lives and innermost thoughts, we often rely on their surviving possessions to build a picture of the worlds they inhabited. Today we share just a few of the artefacts in our collection designed for use and wear by children.  Armours for boys fall into three categories: for war (called field armours), for foot combats (in theRead more

Illustrating Armour

The Royal Armouries, Leeds has teamed up with local artist Sean Casey to showcase some of his latest works inspired by the Museum’s collection. The drawings Sean has produced at the Royal Armouries relate to a lifelong interest in armour, from playing with toy Timpo Knights, because he couldn’t get Greek warriors, but which were beautifully made all the same, to an admiration for the awe-inspiring skills of the people who produced the armour itself. For him war games, at theRead more

Tales of the Tournament

Few things can compare with the colour, theatre, and spectacle of a Medieval tournament which at the time were hugely popular. The archetypal image is of armoured knights on horseback galloping towards each other with lances. However tournaments took place over a period of about 600 years, evolving from military exercises and including courtly displays of wealth and sportsmanship. The tourney probably began in the 11th century, as opposing groups of Norman knights practiced tactics for the battlefield. These early combatsRead more