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The Joust

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 17 June 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Jousting - Two knights would gallop across the playing field at each other. They carried long, blunt poles and shields. The objective was to knock the other person out of his saddle. Team play was conducted with fierce mock combat between two bands of fighters. They fought with wooden or blunted weapons so as to reduce the risk of getting hurt. However, this was often not the case. Many people did get hurt or even died by accident. (Oh, but NOT at this festival - they just broke the other knight's lance.)

** A series from Scarborough Fair -

The 31st annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival was a trip through a 16th century Village that celebrated the majesty of the days of King Henry the VIII’s England, with entertainment, crafts, artisans, and food you could not find anywhere else in North Texas.

NIKON D5000 1/1600 second F/7.1 ISO 400 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Looks like something to see but not do!

17 Jun 2011 5:44am

@J.R.: I agree! ;-)

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Wow nice serie foto's

17 Jun 2011 7:10am

@Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤: Thanks, Patricia. Glad you like the series.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Your series really captures the dust-cloud thrill of all this . . I expect to find grit in my coffee here !

17 Jun 2011 9:12am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks! I'm so sorry about your coffee. Just wait till you see what's in it tomorrow! ;-)

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A fabulous shot of the two knights galloping to each other. Must have a lot of courage to do this sport.

17 Jun 2011 11:13am

@Laurette: Thank you, Laurette.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love the action!

17 Jun 2011 2:17pm

@Tracy: Thanks, Tracy!

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I can almost hear and feel the thunder of their hooves in this shot Barbara! Well done! ;-)

17 Jun 2011 2:51pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks, Eric. Those big feet did thunder when they galloped at full speed.

John from St Louis, United States

Wow. I had to go back and look at the whole series. Great job

17 Jun 2011 3:07pm

@John: Thanks, John. I'm glad you like the series.

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful series, you had a great position for this shot! Have a nice weekend.

17 Jun 2011 5:56pm

@RBL: Thanks. I passed up the shady bleachers, and stood in the sun at the end of the arena to catch the action head on.

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

superbe, des photos d'une autre époque, bravo

17 Jun 2011 7:38pm

@Thierry Pouleur: Thank you!

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

This is a stunning and interesting series, Barbara !

17 Jun 2011 7:45pm

@Loner: Thank you, Sonja!

alex centrella from California, United States

great catch !

17 Jun 2011 10:25pm

@alex centrella: Thanks!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


17 Jun 2011 11:48pm

@john4jack: Thanks, Jack.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is another magnificent capture, Barbara...I love this...these have all been great!

18 Jun 2011 12:57am

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks, Denny. Are you getting tired of knights and war horses yet?

LauraS from Chico, United States

Cool shot, Barbara, but it looks like you are on the field in the action. Scary! I hope you stayed safe.

18 Jun 2011 4:59pm

@LauraS: Thanks. I was behind a small fence, but the horses seemed to really know what they were doing.

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

great capture of not only action of riders but i especially like the people in the background :)

18 Jun 2011 10:37pm

@Tim: Thanks, Tim.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Gee that must of hurt....rough sport i imagine even with armored protection..nice shot

20 Jun 2011 7:13am

@StarCosmosBleu: Thanks, Marcel.

1/1600 second
ISO 400
82 mm (35mm equiv.)