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Around 1,500 years ago it was the capital of the Picts – since then it has seen the crowning of various Scottish kings, including Robert the Bruce.
And this week, historic fighting skills are again at the fore at Scone Palace in Perthshire, where a touch of Braveheart has definitely been in evidence. The stately home has welcomed 500 fierce-looking competitors representing 31 countries, who are battling over four days to be crowned medieval combat champions.
Qualities - Event - International - Medieval - Combat
Qualities needed to succeed in this event, the International Medieval Combat Federation World Championships, include power, passion, pride, comradery and – most importantly – lots of adrenaline.
Having good quality shields and the ability to manoeuvre in armour also helps, although participants, who engage in full contact fighting, use blunted...
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