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Historical Event, Fri 22 Nov 2019, free entry

Knight School: Learning to Fight in the Middle Age

Knight School: Learning to Fight in the Middle Age


The year 1447 witnessed one of the most interesting trials by combat to take place during the reign of King Henry VI. A servant named John Davey had accused his master, William Catour, of uttering treasonous words against the king. As the truth could not be revealed master and servant resorted to settling their quarrel by means of arms. Both men were even appointed professional fencing masters to teach them advanced fighting techniques. On the morning of the fight they prepared their armour, their weapons, and made ready for the fight of their lives. What happened next proved itself so unusual that this duel's mortal ending inspired parts of William Shakespeare's Henry VI.

Join Jacob Deacon, a medieval historian and PhD researcher at the University of Leeds, as he discusses the martial histories of fighters such as Davey and Catour. Learn more about who trained these (and other) medieval combatants, the techniques that they were taught, and the records of their lessons that survive today.

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Dates Times
Fri 22 Nov 2019 13:00 to 00:00


Free entry

Please note that admission is by ticket.



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    Calverley Street,
    LS1 3AB



    See location of Leeds Central Library on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 298338  Lat: 53.79966 Long: -1.54903

    By Car:

    Follow signs for Leeds city centre. On approaching the city, follow signs for the City Loop. The loop road take you past the Library on the right (just after the Town Hall), with the closest car park being The Light.

    By Public Transport:

    From Leeds train station, walk up Park Row to The Headrow. Cross the road and turn left. The Library is next to the Art Gallery on your right, with and outdoor chessboard, outside the entance. There are two entrances - one for disabled access and one via steps.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Leeds station


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • PostboxPostbox
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality