Days of Battle in Nyborg
Nyborg Castle was founded in the 1170's and right up to modern times was a military and strategically important installation - first as a medieval castle and later as a fortress. The castle's heyday was without a doubt from 1170 until 1560. The Danish parliament met here - the Danehof - and the castle was the home to crown princes' and kings' courts. When these great men met, they were in the company of their followers and warriors, who, as usual, kept in practice with their war skills through swordfighting and other weapon displays; they had to be prepared for the real thing.
The knight is the central focus of Nyborg Castle's teaching of Danish medieval history. This warrior caste lived by certain rules and cultivated a way of fighting that makes them the European counterpart of the Japanese samurai warriors. Only through the modern knights' study of written accounts and then trying these techniques in practice, have they been able to recreate and bring to life the art and craft of medieval fighting.
Weapon artistry and war games
When the nobles and kings met, they had their knights and warriors with them, who held daily weapons practice sessions. They also entertained with their weapon artistry and war games, which was all part of preparing for violent clashes in the Middle Ages.
The knight is a starting point for teaching about Danish medieval history at Nyborg Castle. This caste of warriors lived by special rules and developed a battle artistry that makes the knight the equivalent of the Japanese samurai warrior. Modern "knights" study medieval sources, and then train with weapons in order to be able to bring the fighting techniques to life, so they can be understood and then explained.
Training ground for modern knights
Now fighting men from all over northern Europe will meet at Nyborg Castle to practice, show their skills and reenact an entire medieval battle. They will recreate the feel of the late medieval royal court's magnificence and colours on a scale not seen since the Middle Ages! This is a living history lesson, right on the spot where it all happened back then - and in addition to the battle, the knights will compete to see which group of warriors delivers the best battle show.
The old royal castle grounds will once again resound with battle cries from fighting warriors and the clashing of swords against helmets and shields. Experience the genuine, unadulterated medieval feel of the authentic setting at one of the most important castle complexes in Denmark's medieval history - Nyborg Castle.