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Tournament: Combat and Contest

Join us for an informative and entertaining lecture by Senior Curator of Armour Karen Watts.

See the cut and thrust of medieval tournaments come to life at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, this 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an informative and entertaining lecture by Senior Curator of Amour Karen Watts – including the rare chance to view an unpublished, 15th century manuscript.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


Karen Watts | talks


Date and Time:

24 April 2013 at 6:30 pm


2 hours



Royal Armouries Museum
Armouries Drive
LS10 1LT
0113 220 1999

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