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England: Royal jousting at Blenheim Palace

Royal jousting at Blenheim Palace

The two armoured knights thundered down the lists, helmets gleaming, lances pointed viciously towards each other, shields held protectively high, horses gaily caparisoned, charging boldly towards a potentially deadly impact. Banners were flying brightly on all sides, finely dressed ladies watched nervously, massed crowds of peasants – myself among them, camera poised eagerly – hoped…

Make a medieval helmet in Chippenham

Families in Chippenham can learn about life in the Middle Ages later this month at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre’s medieval-themed open day. Activities include broadsword demonstrations, archaeological investigations, tours of the strong rooms, a quiz to identify medieval artefacts and an armour conservation lab where children can make their own helmet and shield….