Usually an annual market event, fairs were at their height in the 12th through the 13th centuries. Lords would only grant the right to hold a fair to certain towns and cities. Fairs typically lasted anywhere from three days to several weeks.
Related term(s): Lord; Proprietor
Category: Village, Town, and City
Source information: Singman, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Medieval Europe. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999. 200.