A knight’s tale
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