A seminar visit to medieval life and culture

Arthurian Literature Class

“I'm glad I went into the experience having much more knowledge about the time period and the legends,” Breyana Rolon, senior English major.

Students from Christina Francis’s English 480 – Arthurian Literature senior seminar recently traveled to the PA Renaissance Faire in Manheim in order to experience as much of an approximation of medieval life and culture as one might find in Central Pennsylvania.

From minstrel shows to displays of falconry and longbow archery, students enjoyed being able to connect the descriptions they’ve been reading to a few real world experiences. In particular, the performances of Human Chess (a game invented in the Middle Ages) and Jousting helped capture some of the medieval world of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

“I'm glad I went into the experience having much more knowledge about the time period and the legends,” Breyana Rolon, senior English major.

"About the human chess match," said Ashley Nelson, senior English major. “It appeared that in this chess match the Queen has a great deal to say just as she does in many of the stories we have read in class.”

The field trip was the perfect blend of educational fun, according to Francis, which was made possible by the support of Curricular Enhancement funding through the College of Liberal Arts.