Kingdom of Levant Protector’s Tourney
By Joe Starkey
The Kingdom of Levant is a group of re-enactors who portray the chiveraly and fighting styles of the middle ages. Ruled by a King or Queen and their consort for 6 months at a time – they have a unique system for choosing the next ruler. The Protector’s Tourney matches all of the knights and fighters of the Kingdom in elimination and round robin duels to determine the best fighter in the kingdom. That best fighter has the duties of protecting the throne for the next six months with a first duty to select the next ruler. The protector may not become the ruler.The armor is as real as the players can make it. Their weapons are well padded but that does not mean they can’t break bones if the Knights are not careful. Chiveraly comes in very clearly for the duels. Each fighter is responsible for calling “kill” hits on themselves. Otherwise in a fast moving, hard hitting swirl – the hits might be lost encouraging them to hit harder.It is fun to watch but it is not for me. Why would I want to put on heavy armor and try to or get hit by a heavy stick. If you are interested – Call Elaine Starkey at 325-235-2676.