Medieval combat arrives at borough landmark

Fight time: Re-enactors Richard Brighton, Kate Vigurs and Stuart Perry, while looking on is nine year-old Ben Morgan, of Mexborough.
Fight time: Re-enactors Richard Brighton, Kate Vigurs and Stuart Perry, while looking on is nine year-old Ben Morgan, of Mexborough.
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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.