May 2019

Mars and the Muses – “The Renaissance Art of Armour”

Welcome to The Arts Society Knole
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 13:45
St Nicholas Church
Rectory Lane Sevenoaks TN13 1JA

Armour was one of the great Renaissance art-forms

Armour was one of the great Renaissance art-forms, its essence being the creation of a living sculpture, a process which demanded not only fantastic skill in the sculpting of iron and steel  but an ability to use all the decorative techniques available to the Renaissance metal worker.


Dr Tobias Capwell

Toby is Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in London and an internationally-acknowledged authority on Medieval and Renaissance weapons. He is the author of numerous books on the subject of arms and armour, including Masterpieces of European Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection (2011; Apollo Magazine Book of the Year 2012); The Noble Art of the Sword: Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe 1520-1630, ex. cat. (2012); Armour of the English Knight 1400-1450 (2015; Military History Monthly Illustrated Book of the Year 2017); ans most recently Arms and Armour of the Medieval Joust (2018). Toby also appears regularly on television, most recently on A Stitch in Time (2018; BBC4); as presenter and armour advisor on Richard III: The New Evidence (2014; C4), and as the writer and presenter of Metalworks: The Knight's Tale (2012; BBC4). In 2015 Toby had the unusual honour of serving as one of the two fully armoured horsemen escorting the remains of King Richard III, from the battlefield at Bosworth to their final resting place in Leicester Cathedral.