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The Battle of the Nations Looks Like Our Kind of Medieval Entertainment

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | April 28, 2015

The Battle of the Nations Looks Like Our Kind of Medieval Entertainment

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Pick up your long sword, pop on your carefully crafted armor and head on out to the historically awesome time at the Battle of the Nations.

It’s kind of a mix between the Olympics and “Game of Thrones.”

Aaron Thomas (h/t Digg) travels with Team Australia as they train and subsequently compete in what only looks like a glorified Medieval Times.

As we find out in the video, there is an ongoing competition called the Battle of the Nations that is just that, a structured tournament that pits various countries against one another in archaic battle scenarios.

With blunted weapons and metal armor they head out against one another and slash, smash, and bash until someone hits the floor.

It’s nerdy, geeky, insane, and really quite wonderful.

Here is the documentary that takes audiences to a competition that was held in the gorgeous town of Trogir in Croatia:

Australia battles injuries and bad luck to a 15th place finish but come away with a bevy of smiles and adulation.

Skye Burnie, competing for the first time, comes away with much appreciated experience and acknowledgement for her now-tested mettle.

Much like Burnie, the sport itself is struggling to garner recognition. But we will hardly call this an unheralded activity, because the video signals something wildly popular among those in the know.

And some of you will be fortunate enough to make it out to the 2015 iteration that will soon descend upon the equally impressive Prague, Czech Republic from May 7-10.

Here is a trailer from the official Battle of the Nations YouTube channel:

We imagine you have ripped up your respective tapestries from enthusiasm by now, so we will let you in on a secret. Tickets are available at the Battle of the Nations website.

An adult ticket will run you 199 Koruna or just under $8, with a children’s ticket costing 99 Koruna (about $4).

If you are wondering what that hot ticket gets you, the website states 35 countries will make their way to Prague to test their strength and strategy at the most peculiar tourney this side of the Quidditch pitch.

And there is something of a market at the location as well: “Historical and nonhistorical stuff can be bought all around the fair. Choose whatever fits your taste better — souvenirs, t-shirts with Tournament logo, food, hand-made jewelry and clothing.”

Bagpipes, drums, and more music add to an already electric ambiance.

So you can head out to the medieval-themed restaurant. However, real men and women grab the armor and take care of business on their own.


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