In the largest knightly festival «White Eagles» in the Belgrade Fortress, in a 38-degree heat in group battles five by five, the team from Russia «Prince Noir» won, RIA Novosti correspondent reports.
The knight festival and tournament on August 25-27 with the participation of 12 Serbian and 17 associations of fighters and reenactors from Europe and the world organized the association for the preservation of old crafts and arts «White Eagles» together with the administration of the Belgrade fortress. The knights’ camp and the lists, as well as the «medieval village» with rows of artisans, were set up in the lower part of the capital’s fortress at the confluence of the Sava River with the Danube.
«The most «exotic» team from South America is a coalition of Brazil, Argentina and Chile, they participated in five-on-five and group fights. No one was surprised by the victory in five-on-five fights of the Russian team, because the guys are great athletes and fighters. For It was an honor and pleasure for us to host them and share the pedestal with them, I hope that we will soon go to visit them,» Jovan Sadagić, a Serbian knight from the White Eagles, told the agency.
For three days, despite the heat up to 40 degrees in the sun, knights dressed in 20-25 kg armor competed according to the rules of the Federation of Historical Medieval Combat (HMB) of Serbia in one-on-one, five-on-five, buhurt (group fights) with swords and shields , two-handed swords, halberds. Six fighters arrived from Russia, other members of the team and «marshal» judges also arrived.
Serbian «Beli Orlovi HMB» took the second place in group battles, and the coalition from South America took the third place. The Hungarians were forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injuries, but in general, according to the organizers, the competition took place without serious damage and severe heat stroke. The Romanian team had the oldest and youngest fighters — father and son aged 47 and 16.
Separate points of the festival were maneuvers on knightly horses in a decorated protective harness, archery competitions, performances of troubadours and ensembles of medieval music. All three days there were craft rows with armor, weapons from blacksmiths, medieval clothing, jewelry and souvenirs, as well as workshops for children, schools of historical dance and horseback riding, tents with treats of that era.
Visitors, according to the organizers, were even from Japan, the total number of spectators from all over the world is yet to be calculated.