MENU
THE ARTS SOCIETY
THAMES ESTUARY
Click here for previous lectures

DateLecture
04 December 2019Nothing says Christmas like an Axe Fight.
08 January 2020The Magic of Prague: Czech Art and Culture
05 February 2020In the Kingdom of the Sweets.
04 March 2020Painter of Sunlight, Joaquin Sorolla.
01 April 2020The Guggenheims, A Dynasty of Art Collectors
06 May 2020Cathedrals, a Safe Place to do Risky Things
03 June 2020Canal History and Heritage
01 July 2020Gilbert and Sullivan, A very Model of an English Entertainment
07 October 2020Zaha Hadid, Architectural Superstar

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the lecture

Nothing says Christmas like an Axe Fight. Tobias Capwell Wednesday 04 December 2019

 

Knights in full armour fighting each other with the lance, sword and axe might not be the first thing most of us look forward to as the Christmas holiday approaches. However during the Renaissance,  jousts, tournaments and chivalric spectacles were a hugely important part of the winter festive season at the royal courts of Europe. These events were sparkling, colourful celebrations of life, held during the darkest, coldest time of the year. Here aristocratic warriors proved their worth as the shining defenders of their people, chosen by God to wield divine power.

As well as a curator, broadcaster and author, Toby Capwell is also a famous jouster and horseman, a founding member of the modern jousting community, and the victor in major tournaments all over the world. In this special holiday lecture he gives rare insight into the art, history and realities of formal knightly combat, from the perspective of an experienced practitioner as well as an academic specialist.