France wins Arundel jousting competition

Arundel Castle’s Medieval Jousting Week came to a finale on Sunday July 28 when France stole an unlikely victory from firm favourite Australia to take the Team Win trophy by three points.

Marie Baron and Luc Petillot, representing France, were declared victors for the first time ever at Arundel following ten years of near misses.

The jousting world champion, Australia’s Philip Leitch, took the individual trophy, the Order of Arundel, with Baron hot on his heels just four points behind.

Not all was lost for the home team: England’s Mike Collin came away with the Skill at Arms trophy, while his England team mate Zac Evans was named the most chivalrous competitor.

Arundel Castle jousting winner 2019   Photo: Clare Seaman

A new Skill at Arms trophy, the Squire Award, went to Sweden’s Åsa Cidh.

It  was the longest jousting tournament in the world and a true international sporting contest,  and organiser Stacy Van Dolah Evans said it was “the highest level of jousting” he had ever experienced.

Arundel Castle will host four events in August including Living History Day on Augut 6, Shakespeare’s The Tempest on August16 and 17, Family History Weekend on the 17 and 18, and 12,000 Years of Combat on the 24-26.

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