Lincoln knights 2 of 7: the 2017 trial

From 20May untill September to celebrate the battle of Lincoln 800 years ago, there is a trial of knights in Lincoln.

Lincoln knights trial: The history bit from exactly 800 years ago

There are 36 large knight sculptures. A bronze sculpture called Poet Laurette knight  forms number 37 of the trial and is located inside the Minerva building of Lincoln university. We found that the building was unlocked to look at the bronze statues on a bank holiday so during daytime hours hopefully; it is possible to see this knight.

35 of the 36 large knight statues have a little green shield on. Each knight’s shield has a symbol on. In maps that can be picked up from Lincoln tourist attractions there is a key which links each symbol to a word then at the back of the map there is space and instructions to form sentences of the word. Once all knights viewed, in order to form the sentence the completed sentences can be exchanged for a certificate. We saw all knights but, was too overwhelmed to collect a certificate. It was a great feeling of accomplishment to have found all the knights and also located the shields on them; some were hidden on the statues!

The one without sheild is number 10 on the trial. Which is found I. Front of the cathedral. It is called Lincoln city knight.

Many shops are selling mini plaster cast models and many shops have painted a mini knight and placed in window. Therefore with all mini knights, I think we saw about 60 knights in a day.

We parked for free on Gray Street, just across road from Lincolnshire life museum at 10.40.

At Lincolnshire life museum there was Quintessentially English knight.

We saw the last knight on the trial, at 4pm and arrived back to the car at 4.30pm. We had walked over 10km. With two approximately 30minute breaks during the day.

Further knight pictures in other posts.

Lincoln knights 1 of 7: The history bit from exactly 800 years ago

In 1217, 800 years ago King John died leaving an infant son; some tried instead, to declare the King of France’s son Louis as king of England. Louis’s troops held Lincoln under seige with the exception of the Lincoln castle which a female knight Nicolaa de la Haye prevented been taken over.

A statue of Nicolaa de la Haye outside Lincoln castle untill September 2017
On 20th May 2017, William Marshal broke the seige of Lincoln with help of other knights therefore,  defeating Louis’s troops and stopping the English being ruled by a French king.

Now 800 years later there is a trial of knights around Lincoln. Outside,  Lincoln castle as part of a trial of knights on one side of the gate is a statue of Nicolaa de la Haye and on the other The battle of Lincoln knight.

On 6th November 1217 As part of the peace negotiations William Marshall amended the Magna Carta and included the Charter of the Forrest. On 6th November 2017 a new Charter of the Forrest will be launched. The new Charter has the principles shown below:

The former BHS in Lincoln has a giant tree poster. It forms a great backdrop for the Knight in the Forrest.

Further posts contain more of the knights.

Coming up…

This weekend: review of  The film Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn.

Monday: mental health awareness and review of Beautiful thing.

Next Weekend book Scavenger: what I could not find on my shelf.

Currently reading Paula Hawkins new book; Into the Water, so will post a review when finished.

Today (20th May) it is 800 years since the Battle of Lincoln which regained English throne from French King William. To mark this, today  Lincoln launches a trial of Lincoln knights. I will not get there this, weekend but hopefully soon. Like doing trails like Sheffield elephants and Hull moths.

Sheffield Elephants vs Hull moths