Thrills and spills of the tournament - Wednesday, 17 April 2013
See the cut and thrust of medieval tournaments come to life at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, next Wednesday (April 24).
Join us for an informative and entertaining lecture by Senior Curator of Amour Karen Watts – including the rare chance to view an unpublished, 15th century manuscript.
As Karen unveils the thrills of the great tournaments, museum visitors will:
- Discover King Henry VIII’s love of tournament, his favourite events and own expertise shown at the Field of Cloth of Gold
- Explore the development of these deadly sporting events – from battle training to a royal spectacle
- Learn the contrasts between jousts of peace and those of war
- Hear about the darker side of tournaments – the deadly injuries and painful deaths
The evening focuses on an illustrated lecture in the War Gallery Lecture Theatre, followed by a chance to meet and talk to Karen.
There is also the opportunity to view the Royal Armouries’ Tournament Manuscript (1.35) – dating to the 15th century and comprising three books, written in French.
Karen said, “This fascinating manuscript has not been published or made widely available in any form, or even ever been displayed. The contents are viewed as an exceptional primary source for the study of the chivalric culture of late-medieval Burgundy, England, and France.”
They also include narratives of combat, including an account of a deadly skirmish at Tours in February 1446/7 which is vividly illustrated with eight miniatures.
The event starts at 6.30pm and tickets, priced £5, are available at the door, or in advance on 0113 220 1888 or online
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Notes to editors
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
- Information Line: 0113 220 1999
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.