A chorus of sliding armour plates cuts through the bellows of warriors swinging axe and sword. Their strikes bounce from shields emblazoned with the colours and patterns of their coats of arms. At the St Ives Medieval Faire, Knights will meet on the battleground in a display of skill and might in this fourteenth-century-style foot tournament.
To celebrate his impending ascension, and new peace with the Saracens in the Holy Land, in 1229 the heir to the Holy Roman Empire and the Kingdom of Jerusalem has invited the Christian knights of the Holy Lands to a Round Table and foot joust.
We are amidst the melee of the the Demetria Fair in Thessalonica. Merchants, local and foreign, have flocked here to trade materials, share industry secrets, and build fortunes. It is a 12th Century economic and cultural hotpot. Tensions are high, and the promise of money is not always enough to keep swords sheathed.
Once men who pledged allegiance to their country, the Routiers are now a band of mercenaries. Made up of highly skilled pikemen and musketeers, these soldiers of fortune bend their knee to the highest bidder, lending their dangerous experience in whichever battle their employer sees fit to place them. The Routiers care not for honour, […]
Archery groups will be running throughout the two days of the Faire. Watch experienced marksmen demonstrate their skill, then try your hand at shooting a longbow in a traditional archery range operated by the Medieval Archery Society.