Wholeheartedly they wave with swords and axes

The Knights’ Fest historical festival was held in Mstislavl for the sixth year

Unconscious craving for romanticism — for noble knights, beautiful ladies — lives in all of us. The Knights’ Fest historical festival has proved it once again.
By Irina Mendeleva

Unconscious craving for romanticism — for noble knights, beautiful ladies — lives in all of us. The Knights’ Fest historical festival has proved it once again.

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Battles between medieval warriors were held at Knights’ Fest


Guests came to Mstislavl, not only from all regions of our country but also from Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Estonia. The festival was held for the sixth year in a row, gathering more and more participants and viewers each time. As Valery Malashko, Deputy Chair of the Mogilev’s Regional Executive Committee, noted, the event had long ago grown into an international festival.

From early morning there were a lot of people on the streets of the ancient Belarusian town — participants of the show and connoisseurs of antiquity in national costumes of the Middle Ages hurried to the places of the folk festival, music played, fairs were opened. In a festive mood Irina Tarasova, a student from Mogilev, came here.

“The impression is that all residents of Mogilev have come to the festival. At the bus station, my girlfriend and I bought tickets the day before and there was hardly standing room. Our friends reserved places on the bus a week before the festival!”

Before the opening of the event, a formal ceremony of the burial of the ashes of an ancient knight was held. The ashes had been found, together with his armours and weapon, by divers in the River Vikhra on the territory of the Mstislavl District. Professor Igor Marzalyuk, Chairman of the Department of Archaeology and Special Historical Disciplines of the Mogilev’s Kuleshov State University, is sure that the warrior, who died 500 years ago, is worthy of the highest honour, because he has remained faithful to the oath and fulfilled his knight’s duty.

On Zamkovaya Mountain, a military camp is spread out. It’s very impressive! The knights have, not only courageously fought in armies and in fives, but also shown the audience the rough, everyday life of the warriors of the Middle Ages. About 350 knights — representatives of military-historical clubs and clubs of historical reconstruction — spent the night in marquees, sleeping on straw. 

A rare exhibition of knights’ armour from the Middle Ages was also held. And certainly typical for the Middle Ages entertainment, pig and roach races, performances of Batleika and puppet theatres took place. The people who were lucky to be at Knights’ Fest, with its theme and its merry and joyful events, will certainly return to Mstislavl again and again.
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