Knights from Kissimmee’s Medieval Times will take over UF’s Plaza of the Americas on January 23 in a display of medieval arms and armor at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The chivalric spectacle is free and open to the public.

Gauntlet Thrown

Medieval Knights Invade Campus January 23

January 16, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla.— En guard, gators! Knights from Kissimmee’s Medieval Times will take over UF’s Plaza of the Americas on January 23 in a display of medieval arms and armor at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The chivalric spectacle is free and open to the public.

Hosted by the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the event is part of the eighth annual Carnevale Symposium, which explores the origins and evolution of the pre-Lenten celebration, Carnival, recognized in the U.S. as Mardi Gras. In honor of the university’s stunning athletic accomplishments in 2007, this year’s symposium is focused on games of sport—from the medieval to the modern age.

Co-organizers include the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the UF Center for European Studies, the Society for Creative Anachronism, and Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. The following events are also being offered, free of charge, to the general public:

Gameday! Art Exhibition
Carnevale Colloquium
Medieval Masquerade

Credits

Contact

Mary Watt, Co-Director of UF’s Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
(352) 392-2016, ext. 255; watt@rll.ufl.edu

Photographry

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Grandes Chroniques de France, Manuscrit français 2813, fol. 252v. (v. 1375-1380)

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