"Kenilworth is famed for some of the most elaborate tournaments in Medieval England - as well playing host to one of England's strongest women - so it's the perfect place to sort the women from the boys!" Kenilworth's Grand Medieval Joust marks the first time that English Heritage has invited women to compete.
Jousting on horseback, dressed in full armour, and armed with a lance - the four knights will take part in no-holds-barred competitions throughout the Grand Medieval Joust.
SIR JASPAR: Knight Jeremy Richardson and his steed warm up for the joust
Worldwide, there are only about 20 people, including Toby, who are skilled enough to joust
authentically.They are in great demand for displays organised by the Royal Armouries and this year by the National Trust for Scotland, which is staging a series of jousting tournaments.
Finally, it has long been known, ever since Warburg in fact, that Flora as depicted in Botticelli's Primavera (and to a lesser extent Flora in his Birth of Venus) bears a close resemblance to Politian's description of Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci, the lady to whom Giuliano de' Medici had dedicated the joust
he won in 1475, who is twice described in the Stanze per la giostra di Giuliano de' Medici as "masked," that is, as wearing a shining white dress "painted" with flowers: "Candida e ella, e candida la vesta / Ma pur di rose e fior dipinta e d'erba.
"Given that so many outdoor events have been cancelled because of the poor weather we were expecting our joust
to be popular," she said.
The winner of the joust
would reap rewards and enjoy fame and fortune.
LANCES will be at the ready this weekend for a Grand Medieval Joust
at Kenilworth Castle.
Youngsters attending the jousts
are being encouraged to dress up in traditional medieval costumes or to wear attire fitting for a young damsel or prince, and to take part in the children's parades being held each day.
Other events might include, because of the inconclusive outcome of the general election, a "series of ceremonial jousts
Jeremy's alter-ego is the black-and-red suited Sir Jaspar, the Knight of Royal England who is expected to get the biggest boos when they come to Cardiff Castle next weekend for the city's first full-scale joust
Warwick Castle was one of only five places given permission by Richard the Lionheart to hold Jousts
. Now it's back for nine days of heart-stopping entertainment from May 24.
Some eccentric touches such as using Queen's We Will Rock You as the soundtrack for the jousts
and the poet's hilarious WWF style introductions for the contestants make this film great family entertainment.
FOR the first time ever, a female jouster is to take part in Kenilworth Castle's Grand Medieval Joust
FOR the first time ever, there will be a damsel in shining armour taking part in Kenilworth Castle's Grand Medieval Joust