Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jouster killed after splinter pierces eyeball in medieval re-enactment

A professional jouster was killed in a freak accident when a splinter pierced his eyeball during a medieval re-enactment for Channel Four’s Time Team, an inquest heard today.

Tragic Paul Allen, 54, died when the shard from his wooden lance flew through the eye slit in his helmet and pierced his eye socket, inflicting horrific brain injuries.

The tiny balsa wood splinter was sent flying through the air when a joust struck his shield at Rockingham Castle near Corby, Northants.

Mr Allen, a professional jouster and member of historical re-enactment societies, was filming an episode of Tony Robinson’s Time Team focused on Edward III’s Round Table.

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