Thursday, July 14, 2011
When I was a 3rd year student at Miami University a couple of classmates and I began to scramble for a minor. We really hadn't considered it before, but suddenly it became important. I had enough classes for a minor in psychology but my school didn't offer a minor in psychology. I didn't want to double major; I wanted a minor. Don't ask me why.
Since I was a history major, pursuing a minor in Medieval Studies sounded logical. Although I knew squat about anything medieval, I forged ahead. I'm glad that I did. I joined a small group of 4th year students who were all interested in European Medieval History. For a well-rounded view of that period we took an array of classes. In history we focused on the 12th Century (actually the period from 1050 to about 1250 or even 1300). I also took a class in medieval art and was able to slot in a Chaucer class. We had to do an independent study and I focused on medieval women.
So you can imagine my delight that here, each year, there is a Medieval Fair in my favorite walled medieval Portuguese town of Óbidos. It is sooooo much fun. I only wish that I could share this experience with my former classmates . . .