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Time Team Jousting re-enactment kills Jouster
January 27, 2011
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..tment.html

 

A re-enactment of a medieval joust ended in the death of one of the actors taking part, an inquest heard today.

A splinter sheared off a 7ft wooden lance, spearing 54-year-old Peter Allen’s eye and brain.

The clash between two mounted knights was being filmed for an episode of the Channel 4 archaeological programme Time Team.

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January 27, 2011
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Oh, my God!  We're so far removed from things like this that I think we forget just how dangerous jousts really were.

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January 28, 2011
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I was just thinking that, Meg. If someone can die now with all our modern precautions being taken, how dangerous was it 500 years ago?

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As England’s only amateur jousting league gets under way, more and more people are spending their weekends clad in armour brandishing a 4m-long weapon. They risk broken bones, bruises and even concussion – so what is the appeal of the brutal ancient sport?

“I have broken my wrist 15 times, I have had splinters in my eye, broken ribs, concussion. I have been thrown off the horse a few times.”

Arne Koets, 34, from the Netherlands, gets ready for another joust at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight for an English Heritage event.

He says things improved when he got better armour but the injuries “don’t bother him”.

“It has become sort of expected, it is part of who you are expected to be.”

Mr Koets’ competitor, Joram Van Essen, a 40-year-old primary teacher from New Zealand, says he is so focused on the show, personal safety “doesn’t worry me”.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-33995808 from 2015

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The Society for Creative Anachronism is mourning equestrian marshal Peter Barclay—or, as they knew him, Master Terafan Greydragon.

The 53-year-old Virginia resident was fatally injured by his own lance at an event in Williamstown, Kentucky, while competing in an equestrian game, NBC Washington reports.

His brother, John Barclay, said in a Facebook post that the accident happened when Barclay’s metal-tipped lance, which was not used for jousting, “hit the ground and flipped,” fatally impaling him under the sternum in a “freak accident,” the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Barclay had been taking part in a competition that involved picking a paper plate off the ground with the 7-foot lance.

The SCA, which has more than 30,000 members and specializes in recreating medieval warfare, says it is investigating the accident. Society president John Fulton tells the Washington Post that Barclay—a recently retired Army lieutenant colonel—was a “consummate expert” and active member of the group who had been taking part in similar events for more than 30 years.

“He knew how to do it and how to do it safely.” Barclay, he says, was wearing a doublet instead of full body armor because there were no other riders in the ring. In the accident, Fulton says, “something happened with that spear, and he lost control of it or it turned, hit the ground, and as his horse was moving, the tip of it went into him.” He adds: “It is a horrible set of circumstances that caused this.”

https://kfor.com/2018/10/11/medieval-re-enactor-impaled-on-own-lance-in-freak-accident/

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