Renaissance armor at the Folger until September 2008

The Great Hall of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. glints with Renaissance armor as the library presents the exhibit Now Thrive the Armorers: Arms and Armor in Shakespeare June 5 through September 9, 2008.

The exhibit will feature armor and books including military treatises and fencing manuals which deal with chivalric ideals in Shakespeare.

From the website:

Shakespeare's works are filled with arms and armor both as literary images and as objects, evoking themes of knighthood, warfare, personal conflict, and honor. This exhibition will bring visitors face to face with chivalric ideals and battlefield realities in Shakespeare's plays through a selection of arms and armor from the Higgins Armory Museum in Massachusetts, ranging from a knightly sword of the Middle Ages to a full suit of armor that belonged to the earl of Pembroke in Shakespeare's day.