Cosmeston comes alive with the sounds of medieval times
11:02am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
COSMESTON came alive with the sound of medieval music and crashing swords at the weekend.
The popular country park travelled back in time for a living-history event featuring duelling knights and master swordsmen.
More than 400 revellers turned out at the medieval village tourist attraction, for the free event hosted by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Exhibitions included combat shows by William De Caversham’s fully armoured medieval knights, with traditional music from the musical quartet, Contraband.
Re-enactment group, Knights of Honour, also brought the village to life with their training and battle displays.
In medieval times, it is said would-be knights spent two arduous days in training before their final test – six consecutive battles, for two-minute periods each time.
Richard Cooper successfully passed his ‘knight’s test’ during the weekend.
He described it as the “most exhausting” experience of his life.
"Although I only had to fight for 12 minutes in total, the weight of the armour and the fact that you are fighting a new opponent every two minutes, really saps your strength," said the newly-qualified knight.
The combat shows were a big hit with the visitors, especially some of the younger members of the crowd.
Seven-year-old William Jones said: "It was great to see the knights fighting. I want a sword and shield for Christmas."
Vale council staff and volunteers were also on-hand to provide visitors with a taste of medieval life by offering tours of the village led by costumed guides.
Steve Latham, the Vale council’s country parks and commons manager, said: “It was great to see the village alive with the sounds of medieval music and crashing swords – a big thank you to the Knights of Honour and Contraband who both put on a fantastic show and helped make the event a great success.”