For the first time ever, Fordham’s internationally renowned Medieval Studies program participated in the annual Medieval Festival in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park. Graduate students and professors—in costume—offered mini-lectures and demonstrations.
“There’s been a fascination in the Middle Ages that goes back a really, really long way. And why is that? Well, this is a really great canvas on which people project their dreams, their fantasies, a different world that they wished they could inhabit,” said Nicholas Paul, Ph.D., director of medieval studies.
“At Fordham we know, we recognize, that we’re really the home for medieval studies. And we realize that that’s not something that most people would know .., that there was a great place to study the Middle Ages in New York City. So … we thought, what better place to do that than at a medieval festival?”