The Greatest Knight

DailyMotion

Dr Saul David investigates the violent world of the medieval melee tournament. Unlike the better known joust, this was a brutal brawl with sharpened weapons, few rules, and one undisputed champion: William Marshal. Saul investigates Marshal’s life, discovering his epic rise from a tournament champion to the Regent of England who saved a kingdom on the battlefield. Saul also experiments with Marshal’s weapons. Forget the images of chivalric knights, well-dressed damsels and dropped handkerchiefs associated with the joust. The melee tournament was a brutal free-for-all with sharpened weapons, few rules and one undisputed champion, William Marshal. His story reveals a very different kind of tournament, one in which brute force ruled, handkerchiefs stayed in pockets and where money was more important than manners. Saul journey’s into the knightly world of William Marshall, training as he did, trying out his weapons and charting his epic rise from a money grabbing tournament champion to the Regent of England who saves a kingdom on the battlefield. On the way armor is tested, heraldry is explored and how William Marshall received a transfer fee that would have shocked even David Beckham.