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How people think of war also stems from a Middle Ages theory. The “just war” theory says that it’s OK to kill in some instances if people are attacking you. “But you need to use appropriate force, and not more force than you need to to defeat them,” Adamo said.
It’s seen in movies where warriors will let their opponent pick up a fallen sword to continue fighting. Such chivalrous ideas like not attacking women, children or the poor, come from that time. “The remnants of this are men opening the car door for women,” Adamo said.
Medieval Minnesota has drawn students from all over the country and Canada, with students this year from the Twin Cities, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Wisconsin. It’s connected to Augsburg College’s medieval studies major, of which Adamo is also director.
Adamo said he doesn’t know of other camps like his. Most are either day camps or for younger children.
He hopes students gain better appreciation of the Middle Ages and overcome stereotypes.
Boatman, who came from Pennsylvania for the second year in a row to attend camp, said he’s learned a lot about the good parts of medieval times.
“It wasn’t just a depressing, disease-filled time,” Boatman said.
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