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19 August: knights keep fighting battle of St Helena

In 1593, the people of Croatia overthrew their Turkish invaders in a battle by the town of St Helena – and 400 years on, the local knights haven’t stopped fighting.

The battle took place a day after the Roman Catholic feast day of St Helena, and now the event is celebrated with a knights’ tournament on the same spot every year.

But it takes place close to the saint’s other feast day – May 21 – when people in Jamestown celebrate St Helena Day.

Knights and medieval enthusiasts travel from across Europe to take part, and enjoy treats such as hot porridge.

18 August: Happy St Helena Day!

St Helena International Knights Tournament – history
Tournament website
Tournament pictures

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