A knight’s tale

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NEXT year, Scone Palace, the Perthshire crown­ing place of Scot­tish kings and orig­i­nal home to the Stone of Destiny or Coro­na­tion Stone, will host the world cham­pi­onships for full-con­tact me­dieval com­bat. Bat­tle reen­act­ment has been pop­u­lar for decades, but full-scale re­vival of this an­cient com­bat, with his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate weapons and ar­mour, is fast gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity as a sport around the globe.

As a pre­view of sorts, on Satur­day, July 29, Scone will host the UK’S pre­mier full-con­tact me­dieval bat­tle group for a day of du­elling, team com­bat, archery and a me­dieval mil­i­tary en­camp­ment. It’s surely no co­in­ci­dence that the event co­in­cides with the re­lease of the sev­enth sea­son of TV series Game of Thrones. Bat­tle Her­itage—the Tour­na­ment of Destiny, which also in­volves the Scot­tish Knight League, will take place from 10am to 4pm, with ad­mis­sion from £5.

‘It’s quite the spec­ta­cle, like watch­ing box­ing in ar­mour—hugely en­ter­tain­ing to watch and not for the faint­hearted,’ com­ments Vis­count Stor­mont, who was in­spired to host full-con­tact bat­tle at the home of his par­ents, Lord and Lady Mans­field, af­ter meet­ing the vice-pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Me­dieval Com­bat Fed­er­a­tion in Amer­ica. Visit www.scone-palace.co.uk for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

Scone Palace in Perthshire will host the world cham­pi­onships for full-con­tact me­dieval com­bat

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