Thursday, June 23, 2016

jousting with women

Nicky Willis is one of the leading female jousters on the European circuit
Women will join jousting competitions at English castles for the first time this summer, English Heritage has confirmed.
Female knights will battle against male counterparts at Bolsover, Kenilworth, Pendennis and Carisbrooke castles.
The grand medieval joust competitions see the knights on horseback, dressed in full armour and armed with a lance.
Traditionally, no women took part in jousting tournaments as all the elite knights were male.
Strikes me that even without armor and other accoutrements, women can be pretty formidable opponents. Not that there's any reason they shouldn't slice off a piece of the "boys' toys" pie.

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