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  • Journey to the European Games 2019

    We are proud to announce that The Knight Shop will be sponsoring Emilia Cecylia Skirmuntt, a well-known figure and instructor in the HEMA community, to participate in the European Games 2019. The European Games will be held in Minsk, the Capital of Belarus, from the 21st June to the 31st June 2019. The competition features athletes of 50 European NOC's compete in 15 sports including Gymnastics, Boxing and Table Tennis. Eight of which will qualify to the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo. For the first time within the 2nd European Games, Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) is hosted in the cultural program of the European Games. An exhibition, an invitational gala tournament, and two conferences will offer the visitor of the European Games insights into the multifaceted aspects of European Martial Arts heritage and traditions. Over the past twenty years, HEMA has turned into a global phenomenon. Worldwide, nation-wide and regional...

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  • Armorial Swords - Immortalise Your Family Name

    Introducing the new way to keep your family name alive. We are all familiar with the idea of a family crest, well now you can immortalise your family name in our latest purpose made sword, dedicated to your families legacy. This month we are releasing a brand new product, 'The Armorial Sword'. Developed in house, this product will revolutionise the gift and Heraldry industry. Designed to last a lifetime, the Armorial Sword features resin filled, scratch-proof badges of your families crest, attached to the pommel of a high-quality sword in either antiqued brass or brushed steel. Family names have survived the ages, with family coats of arms memorialising the history behind that family name in one single image. Historically speaking, a coat of arms is a design on the shield of a medieval knight. The design was unique to an individual but could be passed down to his descendants, only then it became the...

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  • The Women History Forgot

    Throughout history, there has been Queen's and noble women that have ruled alongside men but history rarely tells of the tales of the women warriors who's influence has spanned the decades. These powerful women showed they are just as capable as men when it comes to leading and fighting. Queen Boudica In 43 A.D. the Roman Empire conquered Southern England. As their rule spread, they allowed several tribal kings to keep their land and rule their people. Boudica was married to King Prastugas, the king of the Iceni tribe. As Boudica had two daughters, there was no heir to rule when Prastugas died. On his death, he left the land and the people to Boudica and his daughters. The Romans did not keep their promise after his death and annexed the kingdom of the Iceni tribe. Leaving Boudica and her people beat and homeless, Boudica took it upon herself to take revenge...

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  • The Legend Behind The Sword

    What makes a sword great is sometimes the story behind it. Whether the story is a legend passed down or recorded history, the story starts with the man who uses the sword. We have selected a few of our swords that have all been wielded by what we consider 'legendary men'. Excalibur King Arthur - Excalibur   We all know the story of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. Literature tells of a great warrior who defended Britain against the Saxons during the 5th and 6th Century, along with his fellowship of knights but there is little physical evidence to support these stories. Depicted by Nennius of Wales in his work History of the Britons, Arthur wins many battles throughout history with the legendary sword, Excalibur. Excalibur is said to be the source of Arthur’s power but once again there are contradicting tales of how Arthur came to...

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  • Christmas Gift Guide

    Unique Christmas Presents £10 and Under These gifts for £10 or under make the perfect stocking fillers or secret Santa presents. The 200ml bottles of mead come in four flavours including strawberry, vanilla, blueberry and for the brave, chilli! Vanilla Mead £9.50 We have a wide selection of Letter Openers that can suit your budget. Our lower budget letter openers include movie sword replicas such as Robin Hood, Conan the Barbarian and King Arthur's Excaliber. Bronze Excalibur Sword Letter Opener £6.00   £30 and Under These gifts still leave a little money left over in the budget and make perfect novelty gifts. If you know a Game of Thrones fan then our Horn Mug will put you in their good books. Made from real horn sourced in Scotland, the mugs have been featured in Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom and Beowulf.   Game of Thrones Horn Mug £30.00 Our Sword Bookends...

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  • 'Tis The Season For Mead And Merriment

    Spice up the Festive Season with our 8 Mead Cocktails Mead is thought to be the oldest alcoholic beverages known to man. The earliest meads were made from local honey, water, and yeast. Honey was among the original sweeteners for wine, even today some mead is made with grapes or other fruit. The ancient Greeks called mead, Ambrosia, or Nectar. It was believed to be the drink of the gods and was thought to descend from the Heavens as dew, before being gathered by the bees. Because of the believed ties to the gods, the Greeks believed that mead would prolong life, and bestow health, strength, virility and re-creative powers. While the great Norse god, Odin, was said to have gained his strength by suckling Mead from a goats’ udder as an infant. In England, there were a number of meads, flavoured with specific herbs that were used to cure...

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  • Spooktacular Halloween Ideas

    Adult Costumes Mad Monk Our collection of Monk’s robes make for the quickest costume that involves very little effort! To give the monk’s robe a Halloween twist, put the hood over your head, paint your face gauntly or with splatters of blood, and pair it with one of our medieval lanterns. Add a candle inside the lantern and there you have it, a creepy Monk shining their way through the darkness.   Gruesome Gladiator Gladiators were known as brutal fighters and feared among the Roman Empire. At The Knight Shop, we have all you will need to become a gladiator such as Maximus Decimus Meridius. Gladiators wore little armour on their bodies and fought wearing helmets and used a variety of weaponry. Pair our authentic Roman tunics with leather armour and Roman Caligae Sandals to create the true gladiator look. Add the most important aspects to your costume, the helmet and...

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  • Iconic Helmets of History

    Ribchester Roman Cavalry Helmet Buy a full size replica of a Ribchester Roman Cavalry Helmet from the Knight Shop The Ribchester Helmet is a Roman ceremonial helmet made of bronze, dating back to the 1st and 2nd  centuries AD. The helmet is named the Ribchester as it was discovered by a clog maker's son in1796, who was playing behind his father's house in Ribchester, Lancashire. He discovered a mass of corroded metalwork which proved to be a hoard of Roman military equipment. Ribchester was a Roman cavalry fort and it is likely that the hoard was deposited under a barrack room floor at around 120AD. However, the helmet would not have been used for protection in battle but would have been worn for decorative purposes by elite cavalry troopers of the unit that was stationed there when performing "Hippika Gymnasia" (cavalry sports). The helmet, together with the rest of the...

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  • The Evolution of the Sword

    Roman Gladius (400 B.C)   Buy a full size replica of a Roman Pompeii Gladius from the Knight Shop   The Roman Gladius was a single-handed, double-bladed sword and the primary weapon of any Ancient Roman foot soldier. The Gladius sword coupled with a highly skilled and disciplined Roman soldier meant they were undefeatable, creating both a deadly weapon and a successful military reign. The sword was used amongst the Roman armies from the 4th Century BC to the 3rd Century AD! The secret behind the Roman armies’ success was their ability to adapt the gladius to any military situation, for example, they created the Spatha Sword which had a longer reach, meaning it would be perfect for battle on horseback. Another design includes the Pompeii Gladius which was developed to allow for a better slashing and stabbing technique. The Roman Gladius had a shorter blade than the cavalry Spartha...

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  • Yo ho ho, It’s a Pirate's Life For Me!

    Sailing aboard the tall ship Vilma, attacking Conwy Quay as part of Pirate Weekend celebrations Pirates were known and feared for their swash-buckling crimes at sea but have recently increased in popularity due to their appearances in TV and film such as Black Sails, Peter Pan and most famously Pirates of the Caribbean. With the increasing popularity of pirates in the social consciousness, organisers have created events for pirate fans and families alike, to enjoy pirate-themed fun. Pirate weekends have become an annual event for some coastal places across the UK, featuring music, sword fights, treasure hunts, pirate ship displays and pirate-themed games. These are our top 5 Pirate Weekends: Conwy Pirate Weekend 16th-17th June 2018 The Conwy pirate festival is set underneath the shadow of the UNESCO listed Conwy Castle. Held on the Conwy harbour, the Conwy pirate festival is known for its pirate inspired group games, such as...

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