7-19-11: Full Contact Jousting
Last summer, the New York Times Sunday Magazine published an article titled, “Is Jousting the Next Extreme Sport?”
Jousting, of course, is the Maryland state sport, and the article briefly mentioned a Maryland-based jouster named Paul Schneider.
Here’s the description of Sir Paul from the website of his jousting crew, the Lords of Chivalry:
“He is very active with his church where he is a Sunday School teacher and sings in the choir. Be warned; when you feel the sting of Sir Paul’s lance during the joust you too will hear church bells.”
Paul lives Harwood, down in southern Anne Arundel County, but he was gracious enough to come up to our Charles Village studios to tell Nathan all about full-contact jousting. And, as you can see in the picture, to let Nathan and producer Lawrence Lanahan try on his armor.
Here’s some video of Sir Paul (we’re pretty sure it’s Sir Paul) unhorsing an opposing knight.
Gonna be in Harveysburg, Ohio from September 3 through Ocotber 16? You can witness Sir Paul’s unhorsings at the Ohio Renaissance Festival.