‘No kicking, biting or gouging’ - knights do battle at Framlingham Castle

Teams of knights battled it out at Framlingham Castle. Picture: NIGE BROWN.

Teams of knights battled it out at Framlingham Castle. Picture: NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

Fierce knights battled for honour and glory during a series of “melees” at a Suffolk castle this weekend.

Andrew Usher tests his sword skills. Picture: NIGE BROWN.

Andrew Usher tests his sword skills. Picture: NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

English Heritage’s Clash of Knights event at Framlingham Castle saw four teams testing their strength while visitors were transported back to the chivalrous age of medieval times.

Andrew Thornton and Stephen Simmons square up in a melee. Picture: NIGE BROWN.

Andrew Thornton and Stephen Simmons square up in a melee. Picture: NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

Displays were held on Saturday and Sunday when armoured knights armed with shields and clubs fought to protect their captain.

Robert Arnold and Keira Smith compare their weapons. Picture:NIGE BROWN.

Robert Arnold and Keira Smith compare their weapons. Picture:NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

The only rule was no kicking, biting or gouging – everything else is fair game.

Finley and Molly Grimwood soak up the medieval atmosphere. Picture: NIGE BROWN.

Finley and Molly Grimwood soak up the medieval atmosphere. Picture: NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

Visitors were also be able to take a look around the medieval encampments set up in the castle, watch the “Arming of the Knight” to see how they prepare for battle and even meet the warriors themselves.

The crowds were invited to cheer for a team. Picture: NIGE BROWN.

The crowds were invited to cheer for a team. Picture: NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

Elsewhere in the castle grounds there was medieval music, an archery tournament and a Children’s Battle for younger visitors who want to learn fighting techniques and test their strength.

One of the fearsome knights. Picture:NIGE BROWN.

One of the fearsome knights. Picture:NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

Visitors were invited to take the Castle Wall Walk for a bird’s eye view of the tournament.

Four teams tried to protect their captain in a series of melees. Picture:NIGE BROWN.

Four teams tried to protect their captain in a series of melees. Picture:NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

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For more details about events at Framlingham Castle visit its website.

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