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Chaucer Day Event: Feasts, Fisticuffs, and Feminism in the Middle Ages
Join us to explore the sacred, the profane, and the folly of medieval pilgrimage on Saturday, April 27, 4:00 PM to 6:30. Medieval scholar Bill Kamowski, along with members of Barony of Bronzehelm will be on hand for our third annual Chaucer Day celebration.
“Whan that Aprill,” begins the Prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, one of the most beloved works in all of English literature, and one of the earliest works we can still understand without months of special training. Therefore, it is in April that we celebrate the life and work of Geoffrey Chaucer.
This year, we will feature a reading from Chaucer's “The Wife of Bath,” organized and led by Dr. William Kamowski. This tale is still controversial and still side-splittingly funny.
Local members of the Barony of Bronzehelm, one part of many within the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), will bring swords and rapiers to demonstrate medieval fighting practices.
Finally, we plan to sample several foods that would have been popular in medieval times.
- Sample medieval recipes: finger food before the Age of Forks
- Witness a live reenactment of medieval martial skills
- Hear lively readings/humor from The Canterbury Tales read in Chaucer’s beautiful medieval English
- Consider gender issues then and now
Costumes are encouraged but not required.