Home Art + Entertainment Chivalry is not dead in Hollywood

Chivalry is not dead in Hollywood

People who want to learn about the medieval era and actually participate in the lifestyle of knights of old might want to consider joining the History of Chivalry, a group that trains at TY Park in Hollywood on the last Sunday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Archery begins promptly at 9 a.m.



Members of the History of Chivalry have been giving performances at the Florida Renaissance Festival. 

“We do medieval reenactments and we specialize in ground combat,” said Chris Bagnall, who operates the group.

Members of the History of Chivalry love the experience and consider the organization to be like a family. Many participants make their own armor. They have the opportunity to learn about fighting techniques and styles of the medieval period in Europe.

The fights are to a draw; when one person can longer continue because of exhaustion, the person falls down and the person who remains standing is the winner. Because the suits of armor are very heavy, most people can only fight for a short time.  Although the fighting may appear rough and intense, there are few injuries because the armor provides good protection and the swords are dulled.  

“It is an athletic challenge and we train year round. I like learning about the history of chivalry and playing the role of a 15th century Spanish knight,” said participant Vincent Calianno. “I enjoy spending time with like-minded people. We are like a family,” he said.

Kevin Siegelbaum also likes being a part of the organization. “I enjoy studying and re-enacting history. I also like the combat events. It is very physical but I feel safe. I am with friends and I know I will not get hurt,” he said.

Justin Blain said he enjoys the chance to learn more about history and make friends. “I enjoy this and I do it was a hobby. I have studied the time period and I like the physical challenge of the combat events,” he said.

The History of Chivalry members participate alongside other re-enactment groups and at least twice a year participate in national competitions against other states.

David Volz
David Volz
David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

Shenanigans Hosts Live Mural Painting Event to Support Ocean Conservation

When Shenanigans East needed to spruce up the wall next to its drive-thru window, owners Patrick and Christine Utter knew that a...

Circ Hotel Announces Winners of Local Art Competition

New Collection of Work is part of the Hotel’s Local Art Initiative CIRC Hotel, a 12-story modern, boutique hotel on Young Circle in Downtown Hollywood,...

Hollywood to Purchase New Police Vehicles and Software

The Hollywood Commission approved some large purchases during a recent meeting. It passed a purchase order designated to Stringray Chevrolet for twenty 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe...

Margaritaville Hosts Jumbo Business Expo

Business and community leaders came together at Margaritaville Beach Resort to enjoy the Jumbo Business Expo. Approximately 115 exhibitors, offering a wide variety of...

Humane Society Calls for Volunteers to Assist with Animals in their Care

The Humane Society of Broward County has several volunteer opportunities currently available and is hoping you can help, especially with the dogs. Current openings include: ...