from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The spirit or the body of beliefs, customs, or practices of the Middle Ages.
- n. Devotion to or acceptance of the ideas of the Middle Ages.
- n. Scholarly study of the Middle Ages.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being medieval
- n. The study of the Middle Ages
- n. A custom or belief from the Middle Ages.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which is characteristic of the middle ages; the medieval spirit, practice, or methods in regard to anything; a peculiarity or characteristic of the middle ages.
- n. Devotion to or adoption of the spirit or practice of the middle ages; medieval tendency in thought or action, as with respect to religion or politics.
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Actually, it seems to me that in medievalism (depictions of the medieval in the modern world), non-adulterous obstacles are more common.
Wolf — bad pseudo-medievalism is one of my pet peeves, but that’s an entire other blog post.
The dissenting crowd calls that "medievalism," but it is precisely what people need and want in this soul-deadening postmodern age.
Until the era of "medievalism," in which modern representations of the medieval came to be considered fair game for medieval scholars, Tolkien's fiction was not a proper subject for a medieval scholar to study -- not because he was producing fantasy, but because he clearly falls into the modern era.
But while there is no prospect of a Saudi revolution in anyone's near future, there are encouraging signs that even there, a country that for decades has toiled under the crushing medievalism of Wahhabist religious orthodoxy, change is coming.
Though, given the occasional medievalism of the Liturgical Movement, this too, is perhaps less unusual than I might think.
Yet in one area of our Scottish existence the nation still clings to medievalism in its approach.
The fetishistic medievalism—Breivik seems to have designed a military dress uniform, and wants to wear it to his trial—is significant: Like Osama bin Laden and his epigones, his worldview seems mainly defined by the politics of the 13th century.
Their music can create a grey and rainy effect but, at their best, the reverberating voices and gentle, effects-laden guitars combine in a kind of hipster medievalism.
Yet while the straight lines and flat veneered panels of Koloman Moser's "Enchanted Princesses Cabinet" 1900 foreshadow a design vocabulary several decades in the future, the long-haired princesses inlaid in marquetry are pure Pre-Raphaelite medievalism, proving that Romantic ideas weren't entirely discarded by the rising generation.