The Jousting Life

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jouster Dr. Tobias Capwell Interviewed about his Part in Richard III's Burial Procession

The Los Angeles Times, one of the larger newspapers in the USA, interviewed jouster and museum curator Dr. Tobias Capwell about his part in the burial procession for the recently discovered remains of Richard III. Toby Capwell(as he is known to the jousting community) and another jouster – Dominic Sewell – wore their knightly armour and rode their jousting horses as they escorted the vehicle carrying Richard III's remains to their final resting place.

Dominic Sewell(left) and Toby Capwell(right) lead Richard III's burial procession towards Leicester Cathedral(photo by Andy Rain/European Pressphoto Agency)
Dominic Sewell(left) and Toby Capwell(right) lead Richard III's burial procession
towards Leicester Cathedral(photo by Andy Rain/European Pressphoto Agency)

The article does not mention Toby's jousting endeavors, instead focusing on his work as a museum curator at The Wallace Collection and his historical knowledge of King Richard III. However, it is well worth reading for anyone interested in Toby, his work or Richard III.

written by Pat Morrison
for the Los Angeles Times

England's King Richard III was killed twice: first by his challenger, Henry Tudor, at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and again, in posthumous reputation, by Tudor historians and by Shakespeare, who portrayed the last English king to die in battle as a "bunch-backed toad" and accused him of murdering his young nephews in the Tower of London to become king. Richard's skeleton was, astonishingly, discovered in 2012 and identified through DNA. It is being reburied in Leicester, England, this week with far more pomp than 530 years ago, when it was dumped into a soon-forgotten grave that was eventually covered with a parking lot. One of the two knights escorting the king on his last journey is Tobias Capwell, born in Petaluma and now a top British medieval military historian — a California Yankee in King Richard's court.

You and your colleague, in full medieval armor, escorted the king's coffin in the reburial procession, even on the same bridge where a horse carrying the king's body had crossed. What a moment for a historian.

There was an extraordinary sense of occasion. I think the most moving moment was when we stood on either side of the cathedral doors and the pallbearers brought the coffin right past us.
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To read the rest of the interview, follow this link to the article on the LA Times website.

Dr. Tobias Capwell (photo from the Los Angeles Times)
Dr. Tobias Capwell (photo from the Los Angeles Times)

Related articles:
An Interview with Toby Capwell, Champion of Tournament of the Phoenix 2014

Jousters Featured in Documentary about Richard III

Video: Toby Capwell Explains His Passion for Jousting

An Interview with Dr. Tobias Capwell: Jouster at The Grand Tournament in Sankt Wendel 2012

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Final Weekend Jousting Tournament at Sherwood Forest Faire 2015

In what has become a much anticipated climax to the Sherwood Forest Faire season, instead of the usual jousting show, there will be a competitive jousting tournament on Saturday and Sunday, March 28 - 29, the final weekend of the 2015 faire.

Charlie Andrews(far left) and Mark Desmond(center) unhorse each other during the  Mid-Faire Jousting Tournament at Sherwood Forest Faire 2015(photo by GRHook Photo)
Charlie Andrews(far left) and Mark Desmond(center) unhorse each other during the 
Mid-Faire Jousting Tournament at Sherwood Forest Faire 2015(photo by GRHook Photo)

George Appling, the owner of Sherwood Forest Faire(who also plays the part of King Richard the Lionhearted within the drama of the faire), first decided to hold a competitive jousting tournament the final weekend of the faire back in 2011.
"The Knights of Mayhem television show was being filmed in Sherwood Forest and everyone involved thought a tournament would be quite the fitting climax.... We had the Knights of Mayhem doing the joust every weekend at Sherwood Forest Faire 2011. A tournament with more knights seemed like an obvious closer to such a great season of jousting." -- George Appling
This will be the second competitive jousting tournament at Sherwood Forest during the 2015 season; a Mid-Faire Competitive Jousting Tournament was held February 28 - March 1, 2015. When asked why he decided to hold two competitive jousting tournaments this season, Mr. Appling replied:
"Two reasons really:  First, we always have more jousters interested than we have time in a day. There were some jousters who wanted to qualify, so we wanted to create a qualifying competition. Second, we love the tournament and wanted to see it twice!"
A total of nine competitors from five different jousting organizations competed in the mid-faire tournament, and although two competitors were disqualified early on, it was nevertheless a spectacular event with several single unhorsings and two double unhorsings.

In the end, David Schade, leader of the New Riders of the Golden Age, beat Charlie Andrews, leader of the Knights of Mayhem, in the final match to win the tournament. More details about the mid-faire tournament are available in the article, "David Schade Wins Mid-Faire Jousting Tournament at Sherwood Forest Faire 2015".

David Schade(left) breaks his lance against Robbie Hubbard(right) during the  Mid-Faire Jousting Tournament at Sherwood Forest Faire 2015 (photo by GRHook Photo)
David Schade(left) breaks his lance against Robbie Hubbard(right) during the 
Mid-Faire Jousting Tournament at Sherwood Forest Faire 2015 (photo by GRHook Photo)

The Final Weekend Jousting Tournament should be equally spectacular since many of the same jousters will be returning to compete. Charlie Andrews, leader of the Knights of Mayhem, will again be competing, and his troupe member Brian Stephenson will be there for the first time this season. Other jousters who will be returning to compete include Eddie Rigney of the Knights of Valour, Dustin Stephens of the Knights of Four Winds, and Joshua Warren, of Sherwood Forest Faire's own Sherwood Knights Academy. David Schade will, of course, be returning to defend his title, while Samuel Keucker, another member of the New Riders of the Golden Age, will be competing at Sherwood Forest for the the first time this season. However, the final list of competitors is still subject to change.

Some of the more exciting jousting passes of the mid-faire tournament can be seen in the 2015 Sherwood Forest Faire Mid-Faire Jousting Tournament playlist on The Jousting Life YouTube channel which is embedded below:


2015 Sherwood Forest Faire Mid-Faire Jousting Tournament (video by Zhi Zhu/The Jousting Life)

If you are hungry either before or after the tournament, make a pilgrimage over to the Jerusalem Cafe (which is behind the water wheel next to the jousting arena) for some restaurant quality middle-eastern fare. I don't usually talk about faire food, but the chicken schawarma and hummus were so delicious, and the service so delightful, that I just had to share the news about this wonderful cafe.

To learn more about the faire and its various events, check out the Sherwood Forest Faire website and Facebook page. You can also follow these links to find out more about the New Riders of the Golden Age, the Knights of Mayhem, the Knights of Valour, the Knights of Four Winds and the Sherwood Knights Academy.

Related articles:
David Schade Wins Mid-Faire Jousting Tournament at Sherwood Forest Faire 2015

Two Competitive Jousting Tournaments to be Held at Sherwood Forest Faire 2015

The Sherwood Joust 2014: After Words

David Schade Wins Sherwood Forest Faire Jousting Tournament 2014

First Day of the Sherwood Forest Faire Jousting Tournament 2014

Sherwood Forest Faire To Host a Competitive Jousting Tournament

Charlie Andrews Wins the Sherwood Forest Faire Jousting Tournament 2012


Monday, March 23, 2015

A Video about Mounted Skill at Arms by Rohan Tallit

A short video produced by the Finnish jousting troupe Rohan Tallit on how to properly perform mounted skill at arms in their troupe and at their tournaments. The demonstration is performed by Jaakko Nuotio, one of the leaders of Rohan Tallit.


Jaako Nuotio of the jousting troupe Rohan Tallit (photo by Sipo Foto)

While there is no international standard set of rules for jousting, mounted melee and/or mounted skill at arms, the techniques demonstrated in this video are widely accepted within the jousting community, however, they only specifically apply to those who will be participating in Rohan Tallit's tournaments. Overall, it is a very nicely done informative video, and since the information is presented completely visually, there is no language barrier to learning the techniques.


The jousting troupe Rohan Tallit will be hosting the Finnish National Championships in jousting and mounted skill at arms on March 28 - 29 at the Rohan Stables, Västanfjärdintie 911, 25830 Västanfjärd, Finland. For more information about this tournament, check out the March 2015 posts on the Rohan Tallit Facebook page.  For more information about the jousting troupe, check out the Rohan Tallit website.

Related articles:
Courtly Games & Fun: True melee and Jousting in Hämeenlinna

Mounted Skill at Arms at the Festival of the Horse and Drum

Mounted Skill at Arms & the First Round of Jousting at "Times & Epochs 2013"