The Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University feels even more medieval than usual this week, as preparations for the 34th Annual Fort Tryon Medieval Festival are now well underway, with costumes and armor scattered about the office.

Our official Ask a Medievalist Booth will give festival-goers the chance to learn everything they might want to know about the Middle Ages from a variety of medieval figures: peasants, knights, nuns, an inquisitor, and even William of Tyre is planning to stop by. There will be demonstrations and lectures from our graduate students and alums on

  • Medieval Manuscripts and Calligraphy (12:30 PM, Centercheap Performance Green)
  • Medieval Medicine and Plague (1:30 PM, Centercheap Performance Green)
  • Mostly Dead Language Poet Society Poetry Slam (2:30 PM, Centercheap Performance Green)
  • ¬†The Diverse Middle Ages (3:00 PM, at our tent)
  • Medieval Textiles (4:00 PM, at our tent)
  • And much, much more!

This will be Fordham’s first year with an official presence at the festival, so help us make it memorable!

The festival takes place at Fort Tryon Park, just outside the Met Cloisters¬†this Sunday, September 30 from 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM, and unlike most other fairs of its kind, admission is free. As you can see from last year’s photos and video, it’s a great way to spend your Sunday!