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August 24, 2016

Knights And Their Steeds Gallop Under Glass…

The next thing that caught my eye in Restaurant Kreuzritter, at the Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany were illustrations of medieval jousting knights on horseback. As with the heraldic shields of yesterday’s post, these are modern items rather than historic ones but the detail is excellent. The drawings also incorporate calligraphy and the use of gold leaf and are exactly the type of style that I love. The problem that pops up though is the same one as with the shields, the glass covering reflects everything and the low light in the room makes for tricky photography. In reality no photograph does these justice, their beauty is seen best up close and personally. I tried every angle I could physically manage and even then you only get an ” idea” of what these are really like. Still, an “idea” is better than nothing, right?

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Restaurant Kreuzritter / Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany
Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

August 21, 2016

Clearly More About Action Packed Drama Than About History Lessons…

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Taking a look around the Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany, reveals many surprises.

Slightly to the left of the castle I find a jousting ring!

Apparently special shows are put on at the castle every summer complete with medieval tournaments and entertainment.

On the side closest to me are spectator stands of the specific type called “tribunes” (pronounced “trib-bune-nurs)” and for which I can not think of the English equivalent at the moment.

They have been dismantled insofar as usually there would be long, heavy planks over these metal platforms, giving cheap but practical viewing options when catering to larger crowds of people.

On the day I visited the seating planks were missing, but in the centre there is a central platform, half way up from which I was able to snap a few shots. I use the zoom lens to peer under the canopied stalls on the other side of the paddock, from what I can make out they too are filled with tribunes.

On the castle’s website there are many photographs of medieval festivals in full swing, with crowds of people and lots of action taking place so clearly it’s a far bigger event (or series of events) than I first thought it to be. It’s an interesting thought that in the 21st Century there are still more or less permanent jousting rings set up, but this one is definitely more about action packed drama and choreographed theatre than about history lessons.

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Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

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November 6, 2014

We Support A Winning Joust…

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Of course if you are coming to a castle that has a jousting festival on the weekend that you are visiting, then of course this is going to be the highlight of the day.

The announcer tells us that jousting is an actual sport, and their horses are especially trained so that they are used to the sport and the crowds.

Regular tournaments take place  and the participants can win various titles over the jousting season.

There are specific rules as well,  from what I understood (I didn’t catch the entire explanation due to the crowd noise around us) there is a special tip on the lance, and with a “hit” this tip comes off so that the winner of each joust can be determined. There are more rules but I didn’t catch the rest.

In this series of photographs the knights are jousting in armour, racing their horses down each side of a low fence so that the horses do not come in contact with one another.

Spectators can buy little flags in the colours of the knight they are “supporting” (money raised from the flags goes to the cost of staging the event) , Little Mr and Kiwi Daughter were delighted because the knight in the yellow and green colours was the eventual winner and they were the ones in the family who had this flag and they were the supporters of this knight. We all cheered for “our” knights and the noise from the crowd was certainly at times deafeningly enthusiastic. Who needs electronic games when some medieval entertainment can be so much fun?… (Ok,  after a whole day my kids might have a different opinion on that one ha ha!)

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This horse may have lost this round…but he can still manage a big grin for the camera…

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The knight we are supporting end up being the winner!

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December 24, 2010

Jesting, NO, Oops, JOUSTING in Arcos de Valdevez…

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During our wanderings out and about in northern Portugal we happened upon the small town of Arcos de Valdevez.

It was a welcome break from the narrow winding roads that we had been on for quite a while and as an added bonus we discovered several great points about the town that we liked very much indeed…

But first let’s look at a beautiful feature that stands by the river that runs right though the town.

Close to the centre of town, and running alongside one o the main streets we spy a wonderful scene in stone  and bronze.

These jousting knights are magnificently set into a massive stone base, and directly behind them are a series of fountains that gush water at irregular intervals, just like the cut and thrust of battle.

I was delighted to stop and  get some photos of this amazing art form. I was certainly captivated by the beautiful forms of both the horses and the riders… ok, the horses here have no legs, but that leaves you to imagine the thunder of the hooves and the kicking up of the dust…

Supporters wave the ribbons in the colours of your favourite knight…

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