Because of the lack of crusades, knights established melees (massive fights) as pastime. The Church certainly didn’t approve of these practices. The first decades, the ones who died during a melee, didn’t even get an ecclesiastical funeral anymore. After 1300, the melees became more sophisticated and the regulated tournaments arose. Joust became more and more important.
Because of historical point of view, a melee, the Battle of ‘t Hooghuys, can’t be missing on Quondam. Beside archers, sword fighters and pikers, gunners also participate in the battle. After that, the children show how brave they are during the “Battle of the Little Man”. They face real knights and try to defeat them with a children’s sword. Who will win this year?