Noble Knights and Spirit of Ancestors

mirko cuneoImage courtesy of  Mirko Cuneo

There is no doubt that people can live their dreams. It doesn’t usually happen overnight though. Every worthy dream comes true after hard work is involved, and also discipline, dedication and perseverance. If you want to become a knight, any of the above applies.

In the Middle ages knight training started at the age of 7, and those who made it through the difficult and expensive training program were knighted around the age of 21. The culture of honor, courage, battle and courtesy to Ladies associated with the medieval institution of knighthood continues to this day among the modern knights.

I am not a specialist on the knighthood. I only want to tell you about some aspects of their activities and share some photographs too.

There are some images courtesy of a modern Knight Mirko Cuneo, from Milan, Italy. He has a private Facebook page, so I can link only two images, but those of you who have Facebook account might be able to see more of his images and learn a thing or two about the knighthood in Italy. mirko cuneo

Mirko Cuneo

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Viking training. Image courtesy of Mirko Cuneo Mirko Cuneo

Mirko Cuneo Two images ( above) courtesy of Mirko Cuneo . Film set Richard the Lion Heart: Rebellion, directed by Stefano Milla Mirko Cuneo Carnasciale Jousting:  Mirko Cuneo and His Lady Mirko CuneoCasei Medievale  –  Medieval festival Mirko organized

To those who are wondering about the outfits and accessories. There is an amazingly talented artist and photographer from the beautiful city of Arona, Marco Ferrari,  who has done splendid job for Celtica Festivals over the years. I think he makes a great William Wallace in these images. marco ferrari Image courtesy of Marco Ferrari marco ferrariImage courtesy of Marco Ferrari

Here is a link to the Facebook page of Lady Malina who is based in Poland.  All the information is in English. Her garments and accessories look quite authentic and charming.

Here is also a link to the page of Celtica Festival in Courmayeur Mont Blanc, Italy and a  link to the Frederick Celtic Festival in Maryland, USA. I would say that there are hundreds of such festivals and you can google for one closer to your hometown and book your tickets for 2015.

There is everything at these festivals to keep the Celtic Spirit alive: the bards telling legends of heroes and singing romantic ballads; Celtic dancing, sweet  harps, bodhráns, mandolins and bagpipes. It is much more than a musical event. Usually the festival’s program of activities includes lectures and talks, numerous workshops, ceremonies and rituals, falconry, acrobatic performances, re-enactments and many more fascinating activities. Your children can participate in almost everything and learn a lot about history.

Now I want to share with you my own photographs from Cahir Castle Medieval Festival, Ireland. Check out this page: these guys are amazing, and no wonder they are booked out for all the 2014. medieval festival Cahir Castle hosting the festival. medieval festival Black Knight arrived… medieval festival White Knight followed… medieval festival The mean and cunning Black Knight is trying to kill the White Knight’s pet rabbit with a poisoned carrot… medieval festival This is too much! The White Knight is getting ready for the battle… medieval festival The Black Knight is ready to fight too… medieval festival The Knights crossed lances… medieval festival The battle continues with the swords… medieval festival When all the weapons are broken, a watermelon does the job… medieval festival Everybody is laughing at the Black Knight… medieval festival He has to apologize for all his mischiefs… medieval festival The Narrator looks very focused… In fact he is as good a warrior as the others, but today he has to stay off the battle… medieval festival Yet he got a chance to talk with a lady… medieval festival Wait, something isn’t right… Norman Invasion! Everyone get ready to defend the Castle! medieval festival

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medieval festival The Monk and his young warriors are getting ready for their first battle! medieval festival

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medieval festival Prayers…  medieval festival

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medieval festival Oh! medieval festival Ah! medieval festival Hope my warrior comes home unharmed… medieval festival The Narrator’s name is Michael Moylan. He loves and knows  Irish History, and this is his web page.   Michael makes weapons and other stuff of any era and culture all by himself, and his shows are amazing. medieval festival The battle is over! medieval festival

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medieval festival Cahir Castle is safe! medieval festival Thank you for reading,  and hope someone clicks on the links and falls in love with the Celtic Spirit and the Knighthood. You can enlarge the images, I made them low resolution for your convenience:)

Photography tip of the day: If you are attending an event, take pictures of different objects too: they will come in handy when making a collage.

inese_mj_photographyHave a great weekend!

25 comments

  1. Wow! Really enjoyed the photos. I’m somewhat of a history fanatic myself (particularly the middle-ages) though of course I’d be studying the other side (being one of those “hellsporne” English folk). I spent 3 years in Ireland though and love it. It has a certain wild, romantic appeal for artistic types like me and my knees still turn to water at the sound of a soft Irish accent! ha!

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  2. What a enlightened post, dear Inese.
    I really enjoyed the reading.
    Cuneo’s photos are great. Thanks also for providing that link as regard to Celtic festivities (I will check it out in depth).
    Finally the fact that knight training started at the age of 7 during Middle Ages was something that caught my attention…
    I would have never said they started so early. (Amazingly they did!).
    Your posts are high quality. Keep it up, my blogger friend!.
    Best wishes, Aquileana 😀
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    1. They were sent away from home at age of 7 to serve and to learn. It was tough.
      Modern knights are pretty much keeping to themselves. Mirko just gave me pictures, no comments:))) They live in their own world, but it is a fascinating world anyway:)
      Thank you for the kind words!
      Hugs!

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      1. Yes, being a knight was certainly tough…
        I guess that’s why men are deserters of that school nowadays! ( I am just picking up the modern sense of being a knight/gentleman). 🙂
        It was a pleasure to stop by at you blog .
        Thank you Inese. Hugs right back at you,
        Aquileana 😀

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  3. Inese – Wonderful post and brought back terrific memories. The years Tom and I lived in California, we attended a King Arthur of The Round Table festival several years running. It was impossible to see and participate in as many activities as we wanted in one day, and after the first year, we did as you suggested. We booked a nearby B&B and spent a week.

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    1. I am so glad you did it! These festivals are amazing! You probably missed it for this year, but you can plan for 2015. You might want to book a hotel and everything… but it will be worth the effort:)

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