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  • Christmas Gift Guide

    Unique Christmas Presents £10 and Under These gifts for £10 or under make the perfect stocking fillers or secret Santa presents. The 200ml bottles of mead come in four flavours including strawberry, vanilla, blueberry and for the brave, chilli! Vanilla Mead £9.50 We have a wide selection of Letter Openers that can suit your budget. Our lower budget letter openers include movie sword replicas such as Robin Hood, Conan the Barbarian and King Arthur's Excaliber. Bronze Excalibur Sword Letter Opener £6.00   £30 and Under These gifts still leave a little money left over in the budget and make perfect novelty gifts. If you know a Game of Thrones fan then our Horn Mug will put you in their good books. Made from real horn sourced in Scotland, the mugs have been featured in Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom and Beowulf.   Game of Thrones Horn Mug £30.00 Our Sword Bookends...

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  • 'Tis The Season For Mead And Merriment

    Spice up the Festive Season with our 8 Mead Cocktails Mead is thought to be the oldest alcoholic beverages known to man. The earliest meads were made from local honey, water, and yeast. Honey was among the original sweeteners for wine, even today some mead is made with grapes or other fruit. The ancient Greeks called mead, Ambrosia, or Nectar. It was believed to be the drink of the gods and was thought to descend from the Heavens as dew, before being gathered by the bees. Because of the believed ties to the gods, the Greeks believed that mead would prolong life, and bestow health, strength, virility and re-creative powers. While the great Norse god, Odin, was said to have gained his strength by suckling Mead from a goats’ udder as an infant. In England, there were a number of meads, flavoured with specific herbs that were used to cure...

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  • Spooktacular Halloween Ideas

    Adult Costumes Mad Monk Our collection of Monk’s robes make for the quickest costume that involves very little effort! To give the monk’s robe a Halloween twist, put the hood over your head, paint your face gauntly or with splatters of blood, and pair it with one of our medieval lanterns. Add a candle inside the lantern and there you have it, a creepy Monk shining their way through the darkness.   Gruesome Gladiator Gladiators were known as brutal fighters and feared among the Roman Empire. At The Knight Shop, we have all you will need to become a gladiator such as Maximus Decimus Meridius. Gladiators wore little armour on their bodies and fought wearing helmets and used a variety of weaponry. Pair our authentic Roman tunics with leather armour and Roman Caligae Sandals to create the true gladiator look. Add the most important aspects to your costume, the helmet and...

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  • Iconic Helmets of History

    Ribchester Roman Cavalry Helmet Buy a full size replica of a Ribchester Roman Cavalry Helmet from the Knight Shop The Ribchester Helmet is a Roman ceremonial helmet made of bronze, dating back to the 1st and 2nd  centuries AD. The helmet is named the Ribchester as it was discovered by a clog maker's son in1796, who was playing behind his father's house in Ribchester, Lancashire. He discovered a mass of corroded metalwork which proved to be a hoard of Roman military equipment. Ribchester was a Roman cavalry fort and it is likely that the hoard was deposited under a barrack room floor at around 120AD. However, the helmet would not have been used for protection in battle but would have been worn for decorative purposes by elite cavalry troopers of the unit that was stationed there when performing "Hippika Gymnasia" (cavalry sports). The helmet, together with the rest of the...

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  • The Evolution of the Sword

    Roman Gladius (400 B.C)   Buy a full size replica of a Roman Pompeii Gladius from the Knight Shop   The Roman Gladius was a single-handed, double-bladed sword and the primary weapon of any Ancient Roman foot soldier. The Gladius sword coupled with a highly skilled and disciplined Roman soldier meant they were undefeatable, creating both a deadly weapon and a successful military reign. The sword was used amongst the Roman armies from the 4th Century BC to the 3rd Century AD! The secret behind the Roman armies’ success was their ability to adapt the gladius to any military situation, for example, they created the Spatha Sword which had a longer reach, meaning it would be perfect for battle on horseback. Another design includes the Pompeii Gladius which was developed to allow for a better slashing and stabbing technique. The Roman Gladius had a shorter blade than the cavalry Spartha...

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  • Yo ho ho, It’s a Pirate's Life For Me!

    Sailing aboard the tall ship Vilma, attacking Conwy Quay as part of Pirate Weekend celebrations Pirates were known and feared for their swash-buckling crimes at sea but have recently increased in popularity due to their appearances in TV and film such as Black Sails, Peter Pan and most famously Pirates of the Caribbean. With the increasing popularity of pirates in the social consciousness, organisers have created events for pirate fans and families alike, to enjoy pirate-themed fun. Pirate weekends have become an annual event for some coastal places across the UK, featuring music, sword fights, treasure hunts, pirate ship displays and pirate-themed games. These are our top 5 Pirate Weekends: Conwy Pirate Weekend 16th-17th June 2018 The Conwy pirate festival is set underneath the shadow of the UNESCO listed Conwy Castle. Held on the Conwy harbour, the Conwy pirate festival is known for its pirate inspired group games, such as...

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  • Sword Maintenance Guide

      If you are a beginner to sword maintenance or a first-time sword buyer, these handy tips can put you on the right track when it comes to looking after your sword. The type of sword that you have is an important factor that dictates which cleaning method is best to use. Swords tend to fall under 2 general classifications, stainless steel wall-hangers or spring/high carbon steel functional swords. There are exceptions, but in general your sword will likely fall into one of these categories. Stainless steel wall hangers are usually very decorative and designed to look good when hung on your wall. What they lack in functionality they make up for in ease of maintenance. Simply wiping them down with furniture polish/window cleaner and a soft cloth will remove any greasy fingerprints or grime. You can use special stainless steel cleaning compound if you want to get a highly polished finish...

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  • Say 'I Do' to Medieval a Wedding

    What do historical buildings, enchanting gardens and banquets all have in common? They are all involved in making an unforgettable wedding. Summer is the season of weddings, and with the months approaching, we have been looking into weddings with a medieval twist. Some believe a theme can take away from a wedding but after listing the aspects you need for an unforgettable wedding: historical building, enchanting garden and banquet, you already have the makings of a truly medieval wedding. YOUR HISTORICAL WEDDING Themed weddings are popular but it seems at present none so than medieval themed weddings. With all the historical buildings which stand in the UK, there is no shortage of venues to hold a medieval wedding. Some choose to incorporate some medieval element into their wedding, whereas others decide to fully commit to making their wedding a medieval marvel. For those who just want to add a touch...

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  • Top 5 Game of Thrones Weapons

    "When you play the Game of thrones you Win or you Die" - Cersei Lannister   The epic Game of Thrones, based on George RR Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, has received acclaim from critics and fans alike, and deservedly wears the crown of television’s most enthralling fantasy drama. Game of Throne’s phenomenal success can be attributed to its compelling storylines, diverse cast of characters, great scripts, and amazing battle scenes. And perhaps most importantly, DRAGONS! In this article, we will be looking at the show’s most iconic weapons that have changed the fates of men and nations. If you’re not up to date with Game of Thrones, there be spoilers ahead. You have been warned! EDDARD STARK'S ICE SWORD   "The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword" - Eddard Stark The ancestral sword of House Stark, long wielded by the Lord of Winterfell...

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