Hand Fasting Wedding at the Mediæval Fair in Osgoode
For the third year in a row, Graeme and I have had fun photographing the activities of the Mediæval Fair at Osgoode, Ontario. (Location) This year was a special year for a young couple since it was their wedding day and therefore my photos of today’s activities (July 9th, 2011) show more wedding than jousting and more kissing than dancing. You can view one of the videos that Graeme took of the events by clicking on the above image. (Please note that these photos are copyright so we would appreciate that they be treated accordingly and not be distributed without our permission, etc.) Links to photos of the previous years’ Osgoode activities can be found here.
Leave the 20th century behind and head back into simpler times where chivalry and swords. This year, much like last year the main crowd drawing event at the Osgoode Medieval Fair was the Knights of Valour. A troop of individuals who ride horses and actual joust for a living. But first off the pre-joust warm-up activities!
The goal of the pre-games is to get the horses and crowd warmed up for the joust. Often with game of accuracy such as lancing a hay-bail (above) or putting the lance through consecutive rings being held up by the serfs (below). As I had my infrared Camera with me (D70s-IR @ 650nm cut) I took a lot of IR photos.
Introducing the Jousters on this day…
Each knight must choose a fair maiden from the crowd…
Then the Helmets Adorned are Battle Begins!
The joust is pretty simple, they rush at each other on horseback and try to break lances against each-other or knock the other to the ground.
This guy has the best job, he is the Jousting Official and Master of Ceremony. He basically rides his horse, makes jokes at the knights and the crowd and laughs all day because he isn’t in the heavy armor on a hot summer’s day.
July 12th, 2009 – My son, Graeme, called me to tell me about the Mediæval Fair at Osgoode, Ontario. Weather was great so out I went. A really good experience. One group were shooting at targets with their long bows and some long pointy things :-).
Then there was the location where I met some very interesting people, especially a few who like to get on horses and charge at each other with actual jousting poles called lances :-). Nothing to lose your heads over but definitely a lot less safe than my normal sports.
The spectators were assembled and looking for a bit of action.
Well, there are exceptions to every rule so this young maiden was catching a bit of shut eye and plotting a bit of a murder instead of worrying about a knight or two.
Meanwhile, all of the assistants were gathering around to help out with the mounting while others were planning a rather rough dismounting or two.
Of course, every good jousting event requires an equally talented young maiden to show what she can do and this event was no exception.
And every event needs a bit of banter and this knight was quite capable of announcing the rules, ensuring that the spectators had picked a favourite, and contributing to the overall enjoyment of the day.
The spectators have chosen sides so let the jousting begin. Jousting = two knights with long lances riding at each other mounted upon well trained horses and hoping to be able to dismount their opponent. At this point in the performance the activities became much more serious as these knights were serious about dismounting their opponent.
To the winner the spoils and the applause of the crowd.
Meanwhile, the king and his entourage were out plotting something. They were acting peaceful but one look in their eyes 🙂 and you knew that they were up to no good.
More info about the King and his entourage here: www.ractenor.com
I won’t give away the end result of all of this Osgoode activity but did enjoy the music of the Celtic Sea.
More info about the group Celtic Sea here: www.celticsea.bravehost.com/