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Tournament gallery

The Tournament Gallery introduces the contests in which knights once competed, and shows some of their fearsome weapons and special armours. Visitors will also discover some important historical characters.

Some of the words used about tournaments can be quite difficult, if you find a word you don’t understand then please use our Glossary.

When you have learnt all about tournaments then why not try your hand at being a knight or test your knowledge, with games and quizzes in Tournament Fun.


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  • Published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the accession of King Henry VIII to the English throne, this definitive publication illustrates and records over 90 Henrician treasures from the Royal Armouries’ own collections and from around the world

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Supersonic Tudors

During the reign of King Henry VIII, if not earlier, guns were capable of firing cannonballs faster than the speed of sound – the first supersonic weapons!

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