MK177 Sir William Carlisle of Allerdale
Sir William also known as ‘The Red Knight’ at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
A native of Cumberland in the North West of England he had friends and enemies on both sides of the border between England and Scotland and was an avid jousting participant.
Throughout history warriors have always engaged in military games both to prepare for war itself and to perfect their skill-at-arms for pure enjoyment. From the 10th Century onwards tournaments were an integral part of a knight’s life and sometimes death. Tournaments and jousting in particular could be a deadly and dangerous pastime.
The image however of armoured and surcoated knights on their charging horses racing towards each other remains the epitome of the chivalric ideal.