Today we took the T-bane downtown and went to the Medieval Festival.
The festival was held at the Akershus Fortress. Fittingly, the fortress was built in Medieval times and has never been taken by force by a hostile foreign army in all of its 700 years of standing. It is located on the water and the views around were stunning.
As we walked in we were greeted by music that gave us a taste of what was to come.
We didn’t spend much time looking around the fortress as we were very busy looking around at all the stalls of wares.
There was entertainment of all types in various locations. Some were fun.
Others were more serious, like the medieval ballads. Trey was very interested to see the hurdy-gurdy being played.
We watched some fencing demonstrations. One demo showed how to use a cloak in fencing – including throwing it at your opponents head so that he cannot see.
We watched knights jousting on horseback . . .
. . . Knights fighting in combat . . .
. . . And knights on their dad’s shoulders
There were many, many participants in period costume
Including the plague doctors.
The children seemed to have lots of fun, including sparring with their parents.
I guess if you really want to argue you can just swing sacks.
Or you could be less physical and play a game of Hnefatafl
Trey bought a new buckler – this should be fun going through customs.