The Jousting Life

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Toby Capwell is Writing Blog Posts about the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen!

From the Wallace Collection website:

Wallace Collection Curator in Combat: Reports from The Tournament at Schaffhausen, Switzerland


Jousting tournaments are not known for their live reporting… until now. Toby Capwell, our Curator of Arms and Armour, reports from ‘The Great Tournament of Schaffhausen’ in Switzerland. Remember to keep checking in for updates or add the blog to your RSS feed!

First report – Thursday 10 July
You might not have thought that jousting, and otherwise fighting on horseback in full plate armour of the fifteenth century, would involve a frankly incredible amount of sewing. It seems like that’s all I’ve been doing since I arrived in Switzerland two days ago. I suppose it’s understandable that, when we think of medieval knights, we think of the glittering steel armour, the thundering hooves, the crashing lances, the dizzy ecstasy of victory and the crushing humiliation of defeat. But I assure you, it’s also about the consumption of miles of waxed linen thread, and about accidently stabbing oneself in the fingers… a lot.
I’m on a short break from my duties as one of the curators at Hertford House in order to take part in a modern tournament. I do this several times a year. As Curator of Arms and Armour, I deal with a subject that involves the history of art, technology, chivalric literature, warfare, and courtly life in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. However arms and armour is also an intensely active, physical subject, and I’ve always been drawn to the experience of that physicality. I suppose I wanted to be a knight a long long time before I wanted to be a curator, or even knew what a curator was. So in the summer months I take breaks from the museum to go off into the world and fight in tournaments.

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Toby Capwell jousting(photo from The Wallace Collection)

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