Students of English 341 – Medieval Literature recently visited the PA Renaissance Faire to experience some approximation of the material culture and activities associated with the Middle Ages. Students have been studying the original stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by writers such as Chretien de Troyes and Sir Thomas Malory.

At the faire, students witnessed a game of human chess, a board game invented during the Middle Ages; listened to talks on archery, sword-making, glassblowing, and falconry; and watched several sessions of tournament and combat jousting, a form of military training common in the medieval period. Medieval and Renaissance torture devices were on prominent display during this Halloween season.

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