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    • I saw this delightful interview with Ivan Guevara, one of the Knights at Medieval Times, and had to share.

      As per this 2013 Vice article, the road to knighthood at Medieval Times (*very much like the road to knighthood in actual medieval times) is a long and arduous one, starting as a squire and working your way up while learning equestrian skills, fighting skills, and more. Once you become a knight, the competition doesn't stop there. As quoted in the Vice article, "Most of the knights are vying for the top spots or the most glorious spots during the weekly highlight show, which is typically the evening performance on Saturday. That’s usually our favorite show of the week because it has the largest audience and gets the most feedback, which is
      the greatest form of reward.”

      Would you want to become a knight? And should jousting be an Olympic sport?

    • I've always wanted to visit a medieval-themed restaurant. There is something horrifying and fascinating at the same time about knights, something you can't even imagine but really happened.

      To stand at the base of a castle and think of arrows and boiling oil raining down, but someone gives the order to charge the castle. Who were those people in the front? Why did they do it? How did they recover from wounds and broken limbs, PTSD?

      Were knights the rock stars of their day?

    • I recently heard about a new TV show on the History Channel of people wearing full armor and fighting. It's aptly named Knight Fight. Could tide you over until you visit Medieval Times again!

      https://www.history.com/shows/knight-fight

    • I went to the one in LA when I was much younger. What a blast!

      There are also many reneassance fairs all over the world where you can see people jousting and grappling.

      I got the opportunity to see this spectacle about 10 years ago in Kaltenburg near Munich. One of the moore amazing things I’ve seen. Pouring rain the whole show but 10/10 would go again:

    • This was a perfectly timed thread for me, Victoria. Thanks for posting. My family went to the Chicago area Medieval Times last weekend for my daughter’s birthday; my kids have been full of questions about the experience ever since. While they enjoyed the show itself, they’ve been mostly curious about the inner workings of it all. Does the same knight win every time? Do the knights ever trade colors? Since so much prep goes into the roles, do the actors work there full time? Are all of the staff speaking with a British accent actual Brits, or were they just faking? How many people have to come to each show for the restaurant to make money (we’ve talked a lot about how hard it is for a small restaurant to stay in business, so I guess that’s where the question originated)? It definitely generated more discussion than a typical evening out.

      My daughter even liked the food, but was very unhappy that our server referred to the tomato bisque as “dragon blood soup.” As a big fan of How to Train Your Dragon, she found that to be more than a little off putting. Thankfully, he told her the potato course was “just a potato & not really a dragon’s egg,” so she enjoyed that.

    • Here's a photo of the menu from the New Jersey Medieval Times! I absolutely loved the experience and would highly recommend it to any family (or group of friends of any age).

    • Great to see it's still going. I went to the Buena Park restaurant in 1995 and still remember it.