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Knights hungry for glory at Arundel Castle

International Jousting & Medieval Tournament at Arundel Castle
Knights from across the world are heading to Arundel Castle in West Sussex, each hoping to emerge victorious from the Castle’s renowned International Jousting & Medieval Tournament (23-31 July).  The Kingdom of England, represented by Mark Caple and Andrew McKinnon, head into the competition as reigning champions, with the added pressure of being the ‘home’ team. 

With over a decade of jousting experience, Mark is confident that England will triumph once again. Teammate Andrew is equally committed to ensuring the Kingdom of England has a fighting chance – travelling all the way from Australia to compete at Arundel for the first time. 

He commented: “I am humbled by the great honour of being invited to such a prestigious event as the Arundel Castle Jousting Tournament. For an Australian it’s akin to playing cricket on the hallowed turf of Lords. It’s the culmination of a boyhood dream to fly half way around the world and join my team mate Mark Caple to proudly represent England in the lists. In the words of my sainted grandmother, ‘it’s time to go hard or go home!’.”

However, there are three supremely talented teams waiting in the wings, who are hell-bent on denying England a second successive victory. 

Across the channel, the Kingdom of France is gearing up for one of its toughest challenges to date – and preparing to unleash its secret weapon, a female jouster.  Marie Baron will make her debut at Arundel Castle’s International Jousting & Medieval Tournament, alongside her partner in both life and jousting, Luc Petillot.  The Kingdom of France has participated every year since the competition’s inception in 2008, but is yet to come out on top – could this be its year? 

Hot on the heels of the French team is the Kingdom of Poland, which was narrowly beaten by just one point in 2014. The team, comprised of veteran Jan Gradoń and first-timer Łukasz Dutkiewicz, is hoping that this year, it will go one better and claim victory. 

Jan adds: “I'm really looking forward to the Arundel Tournament, it’s thrilling to joust in such a historical surrounding. The horses ride quickly, and you can land some strong hits. I've competed twice in the Castle's grounds, and this year I'm returning with a new competitor, my friend Lukasz. There is a great line-up, with many new faces that I’m looking forward to meeting and competing against!” 

These ‘new faces’ come in the form of the Kingdom of Norway. Per Estein Prøis-Røhjell and Ivar Mauritz-Hansen are both highly experienced jousters, but 2016 will see them compete at Arundel Castle under the banner of the Kingdom of Norway for the first time. 

Hopeful that beginner’s luck could set them apart from the rest of the field, the Kingdom of Norway is looking to cause an upset in its first competition – much as the Burgundian Alliance did just two years ago. 

With honour and glory on the line, all four teams will be pushing themselves to their limits in the hope of triumphing at the weeklong competition – making it unmissable entertainment for visitors of all ages. 

For the first time, visitors can book tickets to Arundel Castle’s Jousting and Medieval Tournament Week in advance online at: 

Further information on the Castle, ticket prices and its 2016 events calendar can be found at

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