For the past 8 years, the Festival of the Middle Ages of Gubbio is an unmissable event for all those who look at the "middle age" with academic interest, passion, but also only with curiosity.
This year's event, entitled “Dynasties. Families in power " (see event link) gives the qualified speakers a theoretical thread on which to develop their lessons in such a way as to deepen, in that millennium and beyond the history of humanity, better known with half evo, politics, events, passions, dramas and joys of some of the dynasties that have made history.
A particular focus is then offered on the family from Montefeltro, recurring the 600th anniversary of the birth of Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, great leader, captain of fortune and Lord of the Renaissance, closely linked to the city of Gubbio.
In the days from 21 to 25 September the festival, as a real academic container, in the best tradition of Public History, an increasingly consolidated vehicle for a wider dissemination of historical culture and greater openness of the academic world to a "secular" public, will alternate moments of in-depth study with lighter phases also through: the medieval book fair, meetings with calligraphers and illuminators , the presence of groups of reenactors, flag-wavers and figurants, as well as the presence of craftsmen and masters who, with their ancient knowledge, still pass on the tradition of traditional city crafts today.
The first bars of the festival, in addition to being an opportunity for local schools to approach medieval history with a different approach, offered the numerous visitors, from all over Italy, the opportunity to listen to historical reports of the highest academic caliber declined in a accessible and engaging.
Each lesson offered ideas for great reflection, and if the dynastic and territorial conflicts in the XNUMXth century Kievan Rus' allowed references to the recent Russian-Ukrainian conflict, in the wise story of prof. Giorgio Cella, equally interesting and full of anecdotes was the story of Professor Antonio Musarra on the nineteenth-century French nobility, entangled in the search for Crusader descent and victim of the scams of an unscrupulous notary.
A moving memory was then dedicated to one of the pillars of medieval Italian history, Chiara Frugoni, who passed away on April 9th.
Those mentioned are just some of the moments that animated and will animate the festival, which ended, on its first day, with the engaging and punctual intervention of the inevitable prof. Alessandro Barbero.
If these are the premises it can only be a crescendo until Sunday 25 September closing day of this edition of the Festival of the Middle Ages.