Picture of knights on horseback Jousting at the Royal Armouries Museum Leeds
This photograph shows Andrew Balmforth riding his charger Copper in the medievil sport of jousting in the tiltyard at the Royal Armouries museum here in Leeds, Yorkshire.
Jousting is a martial sport played by 2 armoured knights on horses and in this particular one they are tilting with the lance. The 2 knights on horseback charge at each other from either end of the tiltyard and attempt to strike the other knight with the point of the lance.
In the middle ages the joust was taken very seriously, it was good training for the field of battle. It was also much more dangerous then too... Many knights made their fortune in these events, whilst many lost their fortune or even life. Henry II of France was badly wounded when an opponent's lance went through his visor and shattered into fragments, penetrating his right eye and temple On 30 June 1559, he died 10 days later.
Later this summer I am looking forward to the Queen's Golden Jubilee International Joust which starts on 29.08.2009 at Leeds in the Tiltyard gallery, at which time I hope to cheer Andrew on to victory.
This post today is the 200th since I started my Leeds in Yorkshire photography blog and I think my photographs have improved since I started back at Xmas 2008. Also my knowledge of Leeds city centre is much better. Lastly I am much more at ease asking someone if they would mind if I used my camera on them! I soon discovered that I had to move on from pictures of buildings and birds.
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