Meet the Jouster: Andy Deane (‘Old Iron-arm’)

Age: 51 Height: 180cm (5’9) Weight: 82kg Jousting since: 1993 Personal best/highlight: Leading the Royal Armouries team to victory a record breaking three times in a row for the coveted Sword of Honour in Leeds. Motto: Fortis Labore (Strong work) Strength: Experience. By day: Visitor Experience Team Coach, Royal Armouries By knight: (biography/career information) 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, heRead more

Meet the Jouster: Stacy Van Dolah-Evans #TeamEngland

  Age: 40 High: 5’11 Weight: 12.5 stone Armour: Burgundian Export 1475-1490 Motto: Mors Aut Gloria – Death or Glory Jousting: 16 years Strengths: experience in Jousting & Melee. Won the Royal Armouries melee at the Easter Tournament 2015. Weakness: NONE! (Perhaps overconfidence?) Stacy is the producer of the International Tournament of Arundel Castle and also one of England’s finest jousters. Stacy has ridden horses since childhood at a competitive level, and progressed into mounted 15th century cavalry and tournamentRead more

Meet the Jouster: Jan Gradon

Age: 35 Height: 194cm (6’3) Weight: 100kg Jousting since: 2007 Team: Poland Personal best/highlight: Sword of Honour team championship at Royal Armouries’ Easter Tournament 2015, Team Championship at the 24th Tournament of King John III in Gniew Castle (2015, Poland), Tournament of the Phoenix 2011 (USA) Champion, the second individual position at Arundel International Tournament 2013 and Skill at Arms competition champion at Arundel 2014. Motto: “Amor Vincit Omnia” (Love Conquers All) Strength: Composure By day: Office General Manager ByRead more

Meet the Jouster: Jarosław ‘Jarek’ Struczyński

Age: 51 Height: 1.71m (5’6) Weight: 74 kg Jousting since: 2006 Team: Poland Personal best/highlight: Individual champion of the Royal Armouries Easter Tournament 2015, and therefore winner of the Queen’s Jubilee Horn. Highest individual score on Le Tournoi du Lys d’Argent in Canada in 2012, Tournament in Trondheim, Norway and Tournament of the Phoenix, USA in 2013. Motto: “Deo omnis gloria” (All glory to God) Strength: Trust By day: Founder of several re-enactment groups (15th – 17th century) and organisedRead more

The Royal Armouries Museum celebrates 20 years in Yorkshire

Today, 15th March 2016, marks twenty years since the official opening of the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1996. The doors were opened to the general public the following April. The building, designed by renowned architect Derek Walker (chief architect for Milton Keynes development), became the first national museum with its headquarters based outside of London. The museum was developed under the leadership of the Director General and Master of the Armouries during that period, GuyRead more

Meet the jouster: Marc Hamel #TeamFrance

  Age: 48 Weight: 84kg Height: 1.8m  (5′ 9) Jousting since: 2006 Team: France Personal best/highlights: Team Champion of the Lys d‘argent (Quebec,Canada) 2012 Honour of Chivalry of the King John III (Poland) 2013 Champion of the Revel (California,USA) 2014 Motto: “Allons-y” meaning “Let’s go” Strength: Honour Weakness: Caring for opponents By Day: Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, armourer and sculptor By Knight: Participated in over 20 international tournaments in Belgium, France, England, Poland,Italy, USA and Canada. “In jousting like in life, I pride myself to haveRead more