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    In the grounds of a stately English home in Hertfordshire, the medieval tradition of jousting tournaments is being kept alive.

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    In the grounds of a stately English home in Hertfordshire, the medieval tradition of jousting tournaments is being kept alive.

    These colourful, though often dangerous pageants, hark back to England in the twelfth century. Originally, they were training sessions to prepare knights for battle. From this they progressed to becoming a rich man's sport -- mainly because of the expensive equipment. In those days, a suit of armour cost 500 pounds sterling. In these inflationary times, you would have to pay your tailor many more times that amount.

    Today's tournaments are a replica of the medieval ones. The only concession is that the lances are not so sharp and fighting to the death has long disappeared. Even so, today's knights need to be skilful riders and need two years of intensive training to make the grade. Only last year, the Jousting Centre leader broke his back in a tournament in South Africa and the only lady "knight" broker her neck.

    At Knebworth, this season's jousting season began on Monday (26 May). The British Jousting Centre was set up at Knebworth 18 months ago and there are 35 people training to become knights.

    The Jousting Association of Great Britain organises tournaments in several parts of the country and other countries. For example, this year the knights are invited to Japan and the Middle East. The tournaments are also held at the Tower of London and attract huge crowds of tourists.

    The centre owns twelve horses. These are mainly Spanish and Andalusian horses which have been worked in bullrings.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACU64EIHFV2XM3J0O5T145YIXY
    Media URN:
    VLVACU64EIHFV2XM3J0O5T145YIXY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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