KNIGHTS fought pitched battles in Doncaster – but only for the tourists.
Medieval history experts at Conisbrough Castle ran a sword school at the 950-year-old landmark to show visitors how combat was carried out centuries ago.
English Heritage’s regional event manager, Jon Hogan, said: “Your choice of sword would greatly influence your fighting technique and, indeed, different swords came in and out of fashion during the medieval period, each requiring a slightly different technique according to the length and shape of its blade and hilt.”
Tutors showed some of the techniques used in Trial by Combat, in which one accused of a crime to which there were no witnesses would fight their accuser.
Believing that God would always support the innocent party, this would be an alternative to the death penalty.