The Eglinton Tournament
June 4, 2009 7:06 AM Subscribe
In 1839, soon after Queen Victoria's accession, the Earl of Eglinton staged a re-enactment of a medieval tournament to mark the beginning of what he hoped would be a new age of chivalry. Despite torrential rain, the Eglinton Tournament
was attended by 100,000 people and sparked off a popular craze for all things medieval. A new website
tells the story of the tournament
and reproduces, for the first time, twenty original watercolours
recording the event in all its romantic splendour and absurdity.