This weekend, the Principality of Monaco hosted the second edition of Buhurt Prime, the world’s largest competition of “Béhourd” (from Old French “wallop”). It is a modern full contact fighting sport with steel blunt weapons characteristic for the Middle Ages. 80 fighters from all over the world competed on the Rock for the title of World Champion. The event is held under the High Patronage and in the presence of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.
A convivial and medieval atmosphere prevailed this weekend around the Espace Fontvieille Chapiteau. Thought as an equivalent of the Champions League, the championship was also the occasion for many side events, including a medieval fair and archery initiations. The various tournaments on offer kept numerous spectators on the edge of their seats as they came to discover this booming sports discipline. Nearly a hundred knights from different countries, making up the ten best European teams (from France, Russia, Great Britain, Ukraine, Denmark, Poland and the Czech Republic), competed in this year’s new tournament.
Historical Medieval Battles
The principle of this medieval tournament is relatively simple: two teams of five fighters, dressed in heavy armour and carrying a replica of an ancient or massed sword and shield, confront each other in an arena. To win, the warriors must knock down their opponent. Although the swords are blunt and rounded, and blows to the neck, crotch, behind the knees or feet are forbidden, the discipline is still quite spectacular.
Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this truly medieval festival thanks to our photo report!
Photographer : Angelina Magne