The Jousting Life

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Female Knight Virginia Hankins Performs at the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Although not a competitive jousting event, The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in southern california does feature jousting as part of its entertainment. Virginia Hankins will be performing this year as the first female knight hired by the faire in its 50 year history.

Virginia Hankins is the actress and stuntwoman who played Joan of Arc against William the Conquerer on Spike TV's hit show Deadliest Warrior Season 3. There are rumours that a certain princess in the movie "Brave" was inspired by Virginia's life. Whether or not that is true, the similarities are uncanny.

"Virginia is is a genuine all-American female fighter, archery stunt coordinator, mounted weapons trainer, jouster, female motorcycle rider, and professional lady knight..." -- photo and text from the Virginia Hankins website

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is taking place Saturdays and Sundays, 10am - 7pm, April 7 - May 20.


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