The Swords of
Chivalry came into being in 1993 when the aptly named Paul Battleday
(Sir Richard Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk) broached the idea for a Medieval
Tournament Group to friends Andy Prior (Sir Malias de Brac), his brother
Bob (Sir Edmund de Montmercy), Paul Black (Sir John of Lancaster) and Paul Brewer (Sir Otto von Strasburg).
The guys, steeped
in the Arthurian ideals of honour and chivalry took the field, performing
at fetes and small festivals, gaining experience - and purchasing
more arms and armour - with every show.
From these small
beginnings where each Knight, armed only with a sword and surcoat,
performed at local fetes and attractions, the Swords of Chivalry is
now a fully functioning professional Medieval Entertainment Society
calling on upwards of Eight Knights, all fully armed and armoured
and each with their own full compliment of Men at Arms, Squires and
Pages - and of course their own dear Ladies.
is normal over the years, not all original members have stayed the
course. However this has been more than compensated by new members,
all of whom have brought to the Group their own indiviual talents.
are a riot of colour and pagentry - the gaily striped medieval tents,
along with the flags, banners and shields denoting the attention to
detail and love of the period, shown by our members.
Within our Group we have members all bound by a common love of the medieval period.