A knight waits his turn on the bench until he's called for combat.
The is Peterkin, England's top fool. He tells bawdy jokes, walks on stilts and plays with fire. (I'm not sure if that's damage to the negative below his hand or if its the fumes from fire he was chucking around). The jester was a regular fixture in the English Royal Court and many aristocratic households … Continue reading The Fool
Following on from yesterday's post with the pikes, the knights have now gone to the sword to practice their combat skills. First a procession into the field of combat. The dragon on the head isn't an ornament. The knight must knock his opponents' off and keep his own intact to win the bout. Fights are … Continue reading By The Sword
If you were a Medieval knight, one of the best ways to sort out problems was by hitting people with a pike. Doing so in a tourney, helped to sharpen the skills for warfare. The knights' features are obscured by the helmets. Unfortunate for photography but probably a good thing for their faces.The Portaloos are … Continue reading Knights
The port town of Caesarea Maritima was built by Herod The Great and later used by the Romans. Before you get to the Roman part, used for horse racing, you pass through the gothic architecture of Crusader gates and arches. More recent developments have included private museums and a golf course. Most sites in the … Continue reading Ceasarea