14thCentury Medieval Tournament
Royal Ontario Museum
with the
Royal Heraldry Society of Canada
--  March 15, 2008  --

  

This is the first tournament organized by AEMMA since the Western Martial Arts Workshop held in 2000 in Toronto. Holding a late 14th century/early 15th century tournament had been in discussion for a number of years, the vision remaining steadfast with a strong desire to achieve a balance between a mix of pomp, ceremony and martially-oriented armoured bouts. The design and execution of the tournament attempted to satisfy numerous historical attributes of tournaments of the period and to maintain a high degree of historical credibility, in particular, given the Royal Ontario Museum or the ROM was the provider of the venue. To add, another partner who contributed to the success of the tournament was the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada or the RHSC.

The tournament's Patron was Mr. Robbie Sprules, Lord of Wrentnall and the Great Lyth (also a member of the RHSC) and his wife Lady Lucinda. The defendants were comprised of Scholar Aldo Valente, along with Free Scholars David Murphy and Kel Rekuta, with Provosts David M. Cvet and Brian McIlmoyle who held the lists against all comers. The herald representing the defendants was Dr. Robert Mason (ROM), and the Pursuivant Matt "Jack" Dreger (AEMMA).

Accepting the challenge were Scholars John Woods, Chris Penney and Mathieu Ravignat (also a member of the RHSC) from the Ottawa Medieval Sword Guild (OMSG), joining them were Jeremy Oneail, Principal of the Academy of Knightly Arts, and Dale Gienow, President of the International Jousting Association Canada. The herald representing the appellants was Capt'n David Rumball (RHSC), and the Pursuivant Aaron Bolarinho (AEMMA).

Combats were conducted with spear, pollaxe, sword and dagger. The bouts were timed to a maximum of three minutes or until one of the following victory conditions were met:

  1. three landed blows with the point within the limbs and neck,
  2. unbalanced and cast down,
  3. forced from the lists,
  4. disarmed of all weapons carried.

Presiding over the combats was Free Scholar Frank Williams, acting both as King of Arms and Master Marshal, with the assistance in the lists of marshals including AEMMA members Igal Lelchuk, Sean Winslow, Russ Howe (also a member of the RHSC), and ROM representative Julian Siggers, judging the bouts and awarding points for landed blows.


tournament medallion front tournament medallion rear
tournament medallions were handcrafted by Nicolas Facundo-Rico
In all, twenty combats were conducted throughout the afternoon, each appellant free to choose the weapon or weapons of choice for the bout. At the conclusion of the tournament, the outcome was an equal number of victories for the Appellants and Defendants. Mathieu Ravignat from the OMSG was awarded by Lady Lucinda, wife of the Lord of Wrentnall a ceremonial Scottish Great Sword as "best amongst equals". We anticipate a repeat of this form of tournament next year in March of 2009.

After the tournament, a good number of combatants and other participants, friends and family attended the medieval banquet at AEMMA's salle d'armes, during which Lady Lucinda awarded to each of the armoured combatants a tournament medallion. The medallions were created by an AEMMA student .

AEMMA, ROM and RHSC wish to thank David M. Cvet for organizing and making this event possible.

Photos captured during the tournament

A depiction of the opening ceremony in which tournament officials and combatants and their standards bearers enters the lists.
- photo Gail J. Smith
Robbie Sprules, Lord of Wrentnall officially opens the tournament.
- photo Gail J. Smith
A wide shot of the same opening. Robbie is re-sheathing his sword.
- photo Gail J. Smith
 
Aldo Valente preparing to fight, beside him is Matt Dreger, Pursuivant.
- photo Gail J. Smith
Prior to Brian fighting, David informs the spectators on points awarded for longsword.
- photo Gail J. Smith
A wider shot of the same, which more adequately depicts the tournament paraphernalia.
- photo Gail J. Smith
Jeremy taunting the spectators who are rooting for the defendant.
- photo Gail J. Smith
 
David and Jeremy about to face off with longsword. Note the Pursuivants standing next to the awards banners rack.
- photo Gail J. Smith
Jeremy takes to the floor after a thrust to the chest by David.
- photo Gail J. Smith
Brian and Jeremy fight with spears. Jeremy was awarded that bout.
- photo Gail J. Smith
A view of the lists prior to the opening, with combatants preparing to arm themselves.
- photo Peter Yu
 
Dr. Rob Mason discusses the bouts with Robbie Sprules.
- photo Peter Yu
Brian and Dale Gienow bout with longsword.
- photo Jim Atack
Another shot of Brian and Dale in the same bout. The bout was awarded to Dale.
- photo Jim Atack
Kelly and John Woods (OMSG) fight with spear.
- photo Jim Atack
 
David Murphy and Mat Ravignat (OMSG) fight with poleaxe.
- photo Jim Atack
Medieval musicians who played during the ceremonies and awarding of bouts.
- photo Peter Yu
The Lord of Wrentnall and Lady Lucinda awaiting to begin presentation of prize.
- photo Peter Yu
Lady Lucinda prepares to give the prize.
- photo Peter Yu
 
Mathieu Ravignat graciously accepts the prize given to him by Lady Lucinda.
- photo Peter Yu
The Lord of Wrentnall officially closes the tournament.
- photo Peter Yu

 
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Released: March 19, 2008 / Updated: November 23, 2009