Medievalism and the Quest for the Real Middle Ages

1st Edition

Clare A. Simmons

Routledge
Published August 14, 2015
Reference - 176 Pages
ISBN 9781138878167 - CAT# Y179683

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Summary

Medievalism, the later reception of the Middle Ages, has been used by many writers, not just during the Victorian period but from the Renaissance to the present, as a means of commenting on their own societies and systems of values. Until recently, this self-interest was used to distinguish between Medievalism, a selective, often romanticised, view of the past, and medieval studies, with its quest for an authentic Middle Ages. The essays in this collection suggest that the search for knowledge of a "real" Middle Ages has always been a problematic one, and that the vitality of the vision of Medievalism is demonstrated by its constant adaption to current concerns.

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