Live sword-play demonstration set

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 1:40 a.m.
Performers from Medieval Times of Orlando are scheduled to give sword-play demonstrations on the Plaza of the Americas Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and again at 1:45 p.m., said Will Hasty, co-director of the University of Florida's Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
"Knights" and their "squires" will answer audience questions following the demonstrations, which kick off a host of events centering around the Thomas Center Galleries' exhibition "Soldiers, Saints and Scaramouche: The Iconography of the Sword."
"We have an interest in people being interested in the Middle Ages," Hasty said. "We also are interested in the fun aspect of the Middle Ages."
The exhibition, which opened Jan. 13 and runs through Feb. 19, is the third-annual installation of Middle Ages-themed artifacts sponsored by the Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. It features more than 30 ancient and modern swords, including one made from an alligator's jaw bone used by the Seminole tribe.
Professors from the University of Florida, the University of Tampa and West Point Military Academy will also discuss various topics relating to sword play during a two-day colloquium starting Jan. 29 at the Thomas Center, said Erin Friedberg, co-curator of the exhibition.
The Thomas Center Galleries are located at 302 NE 6th Ave.

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