In a new twist, this year’s Joust will feature a female competitor for the first time ever, with Marie Baron representing the Kingdom of France alongside her partner Luc Petillot. 2016 will also see the Kingdom of Norway make their debut at Arundel Castle’s Jousting and Medieval Tournament Week.
Overseeing proceedings in the shadow of the mighty Castle will be Kyle Van Dolah-Evans. Kyle will be the first Lady Marshall in Arundel’s history - she will be the head judge and supreme voice of authority on the field, proving that girl power is alive and well at Arundel Castle.
Now in its 9th year, the Jousting and Medieval Tournament Week is undoubtedly the highlight of Arundel Castle’s open season, with six intense, action packed days – and plenty of fierce rivalries along the way.
No rivalry runs as deep as that of reigning champions, the Kingdom of England, and the Kingdom of France. Year-on-year the French team has come up against the six time champions, the Kingdom of England, and have been consistently denied a victory – something the French competitors are hoping to rectify this year.
The Kingdom of Poland is returning in 2016, and will be keen to go one better than their 2015 performance which saw them pipped to the post by the Kingdom of England, losing by just one point. Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Norway will be making its Arundel debut with two of the country’s best jousters who will be hoping for a case of beginner’s luck! With honour and glory at stake, visitors can look forward to a hotly contested international competition – and plenty of drama along the way.
Aside from the tension of the tilt-rail, Jousting and Medieval Tournament Week promises to keep spectators on the edge of their seats with a series of thrilling hand-to-hand combat challenges.
With action in abundance, Arundel Castle’s Jousting and Medieval Tournament Week has become a firm favourite with spectators and participants alike, attracting leading jousting talent from across the world.
Castle Manager Bryan McDonald comments: “The atmosphere of our Jousting and Medieval Tournament Week is simply electric, I can’t think of any way to better describe the passion, excitement and skill that is palpable throughout the event.
“We are proud to host the world’s longest tournament of its kind once again this year, and delighted to see two women taking such prominent roles. I cannot wait to see who will be crowned victors this year!”