Visitors can visualize change over time during the armor timeline display. Participants in expertly re-created armor harnesses are arrayed in a chronological line, and a detailed explanation of the evolution of armor is presented.
Whenever possible, a half-scale trebuchet is shown in action. Trebuchets were medieval siege engines capable of hurling stones and other projectiles. They were effective weapons during sieges of castles and towns. The DoK trebuchet hurls pumpkins, and it is always a “hit” with spectators.
An especially popular aspect of most DoK events are the jousting demonstrations. These feature fully armored riders on horseback attempting to unseat opponents in dramatic and colorful late medieval style.
Dismounted combat is explained by way of a Deed of Arms. Fighters wearing armor re-created with much attention to historical accuracy use carefully researched period combat techniques to compete against each other – very vigorously.
There may be lectures, craft demonstrations, weapons and armor displays, musical performances, vendors selling reproduction goods, archery demonstrations and competitions, and much more.
A central guiding principle of DoK is dedication to historical accuracy. Very extensive research supports what is seen at these events. DoK is not a Renaissance Fair – visitors should not expect to portray or see pirates, fairies and other fantasy characters, or representatives from the worlds of Tolkien or Harry Potter. Participants must demonstrate personal adherence to historical fact as presently understood, and detailed research constantly changes our understanding of the medieval past. DoK is about history, and the history is presented in a manner that is both informative and entertaining. This approach makes DoK events especially popular with students, and Fridays are always set aside for student tours. Home-schoolers attend DoK in large numbers.
DoK has expanded beyond the original annual events. It has a very active presence on Facebook, which allows for constant exchange of information about a surprisingly broad range of details important to the living history portrayal of life in the Middle Ages. There is room on the DoK Facebook page for considerable humor as well. DoK is not musty academia.
Planning for future DoK events and organizational arrangements is under way. A committee of DoK enthusiasts (The Privy Council) has been charged with making arrangements aimed at ensuring the long-term vitality of this event and the movement associated with it. The results of this work will be revealed on this website and on the Facebook page when firmed up. Thank you very much for your interest in Days of Knights.
We hope you will enjoy these photographs of Days of Knights V, which was held in Frankfort, Kentucky, in October, 2016.
For more information about Days of Knights, see www.facebook.com/groups/daysofknights/ or follow developments by way of updates here at www.thedaysofknights.com.