A Marvellous Medieval Bash

On Friday, the vagaries of the Bavarian weather dealt me a lucky hand. My friend Martina called me in the morning, asking if I fancied going to the Kaltenberg Knights’ Tournament that evening.Β  She had two tickets, but her husband couldn’t go. He had to do the threshing before the rain showers, predicted for early next day, would turn the fields too soggy for fieldwork.

I said yes, of course πŸ™‚

Kaltenberg is a small village not far from mine, with a magnificent castle dating from 1292, owned by the last Bavarian King’s great-grandson. Once a year, the grounds are home to a fantastic spectacle: The Knights’ Tournament, surrounded by a medieval market, workshops, food and, of course, tons of people in costume.

I think took hundreds of photos… and I don’t usually post that many in one go, but I do hope you enjoy the colourful splendidness of it all πŸ™‚

Let’s start with some food:

A little snack we had... note the beer jug with the tournament's emblem

A little snack we had… note the beer jug with the tournament’s emblem

A bunch of knights in shining armour

A bunch of knights in shining armour

A Lanky King and his footman

A Lanky King and his footman

Better not snap that one from the front! (See my scaredy shadow on the floor...?)

Better not snap that one from the front! (See my scaredy shadow on the ground…?)

A Fair Maiden with her sword

A Fair Maiden with her sword

And men with their lances

And men with their lances

Axing that clown...?

Axing that clown…?

Here come the witches!

Here come the witches!

WitchTarred and featheredMedieval Children

Sometimes out-of-focus shots are a good thing...

Sometimes out-of-focus shots are a good thing…

And we're back to food...

And we’re back to food…

Pig headsPork RoastFlagMagicians

Punters enjoying medieval board games

Punters enjoying medieval board games

EatingFire roastingDragonBeer Barrel

Arena

The arena – site of the actual tournament

Flags

"La Ola"

“La Ola”

Blur of colourWoman taking pics

 

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57 thoughts on “A Marvellous Medieval Bash

  1. Every Day Adventures in Asia

    Get thee a camera fair maiden! πŸ˜‰

    Too many great pics (and ahem one that could be even blurrier!)… that dragon seems to be hanging on for dear life! Amused by the shiny belly button… the latest 1299 fashion perhaps?

    Hey could you send a few of those knights in shinning armour over to rescue this damsel from her technology distress??

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  2. Anna

    Now that’s a photo essay! I was a bit disturbed by the boar – I prefer my pork just a tad more processed!
    What’s in the top sandwich?

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      1. somewonderland

        dang it, I want some too. All we get is bacon. Sometimes even a hole roasted piglet or a big pig, but haven’t heard of boar being served (except for a very fancy and quite pricey ‘hunting’ themed restaurant in the Old Town of Vilnius), but I doubt some would call what we have got here proper bacon. Well, Linda (expat eye on Latvia) certainly does not think that we here in the Baltics got any bacon worth to be called bacon at all)

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      2. ladyofthecakes Post author

        She’s very particular about her pork products, that one πŸ˜‰

        I guess if you don’t have any native wild boar left in the Baltics, then that’s why there’s nowt in the restaurants. We still have some down here.

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      3. somewonderland

        oh, we have boars, but I doubt if they’ll be roaming the forests for long now since there’s some virus (African pig plague) spreading around fast, so probably hunters will get a licence to kill ’em all 😦 So chances of me tasting any boar locally shall become even slimmer

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  3. Jenna

    This is amazing! Though instead of the knight in shining armor, just give me the sword. I’ll go fight off dragons myself πŸ˜›

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  4. pollyheath

    1. That ‘little’ snack made me drool a little. Yuuuum.
    2. There was certainly a lot of… man… on display at that fair. Um. No. I don’t even have a stupid comment for that one. The pictures have done it for me.

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Yes, men can’t seem to wait to get a ‘legit’ reason to get naked (or nearly naked) – and the more ‘mangled/mangy’ they are, the more they seem to like it. What strange creatures…

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      1. pollyheath

        Well I guess if they can’t get it in their personal life, they’ll just show it to the world…

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      2. pollyheath

        I’d like to call it ‘The Mirror of Reverse Validation’ and market it to mid-50s guys who like to get nearly nude in public.

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  5. Kim in Fiji

    I spied the board for Nine Man Morrris – world’s oldest board game – the far one. The near one I can’t figure out with them playing with only black stones. Love the lizard – oops, I mean dragon – sculpture . Wish we’d gotten to see the castle. I figure the income from the annual fair just about covers the cost of repairs,maintenance, taxes and insurance for the year:I wish the great-grandson well. Thanks for sharing your very fun day with us.

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      I did. Unfortunately.
      It was amazing. Next time, I’ll spend more time there… it was a lot bigger than I expected, with all the stalls and workshops, etc. I could have eaten my way through!!!

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  6. freebutfun

    Looks great! You guys do those events well! My husband went to another medieval event too, there seems to be many of them, but they are so worth going to. Good fun in lovely settings.

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  7. joannesisco

    that looks like it was a lot of fun. Thankfully you did have good weather because I suspect it wouldn’t be quite so entertaining in the rain πŸ™‚
    The roasted pig’s heads were quite startling. I admit I’ve never been to a pig roast … but I would love to try it!

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Roast pork is not my fave, I must admit. I had it every Sunday when I was a kid, and ended up hating it. I’m OK with it again now, but only after avoiding it for many, many years.

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