Knights and damsels do battle as castle comes to life

Knights to Rise at Conisbrough  . Lord Peter of Locksley (Peter Claxton)and Lady de Meer (Nikki Holmes ) in combat
Knights to Rise at Conisbrough . Lord Peter of Locksley (Peter Claxton)and Lady de Meer (Nikki Holmes ) in combat
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Visitors to Conisbrough Castle were transported back to the 15th century for all the pageantry and celebration of a medieval tournament.

For two days, the clock was turned back as a host of knights in shining armour to take over the English Heritage site.

Along with a clutch of damsels they engaged in the favourite pursuits of the medieval nobility such as music and dance, visitors were also invited to watch as the soldiers showed off their skills at archery, while the medieval squires dressed their knights for battle.

“Although there were plenty of conflicts during the medieval period when the knights would be called upon to use their skills on a real battlefield, it was the tournament that allowed them to really hone their skills, spurred on by the cheering crowds,” explained English Heritage’s regional events manager, Jon Hogan.

“This is what visitors Conisbrough Castle have enjoyed - no holds barred conflict where the outcome will be entirely down to the skill of the knight on the day. There was no choreography, just good, old fashioned skill, stamina and brute strength!”

The event also featured a living history encampment, where people met some of the residents of medieval Conisbrough, and saw a demonstration of the knights’ prowess.