Have you ever wondered what Medieval life was like, or wished you could live back then? Well you can, by attending one of Italy’s Medieval festivals, during the Medieval series from April through October. A special time to experience the Middle Ages at its best!
Italy abounds with Medieval towns, castles, and moats, making the perfect backdrop for its Medieval festivals. Replete with pageants, knights competing in sporting events, and lords and ladies dancing and feasting in the streets!
We often view long gone eras wistfully, don’t we? Thinking, or at least hoping, that surely life was better then. But these festivals make me wonder: is there really anything to celebrate about the Middle Ages?
We know that most people lived in poverty, dwelling in cold damp houses, eating the poorest of foods. Hard labor earned poor pay, permitting them to own little clothing and few possessions. And they easily took ill, dying young.
But how dark were the Dark Ages?
It’s interesting to learn that the Dark Ages weren’t perhaps as dark as we’ve been led to believe.
With the arrival of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, people started valuing reason above all else. So they viewed and taught that the previous era as a time of ignorance and superstition, totally lacking in sound reason and common sense. And that they believed the Earth was flat.
Yet experts of Medieval history assure us that medieval tradition valued reason as one of the most important human activities. Medieval universities also taught that the Earth was a sphere, even giving an approximate circumference!
Yes, times were hard. But in spite of that, there is something about those times that pulls at our hearts. As shown in video, below.
Perhaps we long for a simpler life.
Some are drawn to the chivalry of those times. Hoping that our Prince Charming, too, will come dashing in on a prancing charger. Or maybe wishing that we ourselves could be that knight in shining armor!
I think that perhaps the major draw of the Medieval era lies with the fact that deep down many of us long for simpler times. I know I sure do! Although, I’d just as soon pass on the poverty, hunger, and disease they experienced.
At any rate, isn’t it great that Italy’s Medieval festivals allow us to experience the best of the Middle Ages, and in such a charming way?
See for yourself with the following video!