Thursday, February 21, 2008

"Come on In! Our drawbridge is always open!"

This Borgo Midiovale and although it looks like a perfectly preserved medieval village it actually is a faithful reconstruction of a late medieval town (borgo). Built in 1882 the village contains everything a typical medieval town would have had. There are roads, squares, fountains, homes with tapestries and furnishings, shops, a church, a castle (rocca), and frescos. All constructed by experts and scholars who studied remaining examples around Italy to look and feel exactly like the real thing. What it doesn’t have is war, famine, the rack, and the plague. (Or knights who say "Nee"). Borgo resides within the Parco del Valentino and faces the River Po. The location is ideal and romantic especially when you are strolling along the river side walk ways. Which make me think of one good reason to go back to medieval times, chivalry. I was able to find the chivalrous code at borgo because no faithful reconstruction would be with out it.

The Code of Chivalry: (Even better than the boy scout code)

1.Thou shalt believe all that the church teaches and shall obey all her commandments.
2.Thou shalt defend the church with thine best.
3.Thou shalt respect all weaknesses.
4.Thou shalt love the country in which thou was born.
5.Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.
6.Thou shalt make war against the infidel without cessation and without mercy.
7.Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of God.
8.Thou shalt never lie, and shalt remain faithful to thy pledged word.
9.Thou shalt be generous.
10.Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right against injustice and evil.

When I was deep inside the walls of the borgo I couldn’t see the outside world. I really did feel like I was immersed in the past......Plus you can rent it out for birthday parties!!!! I am so doing that!

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