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 (mē′dē-ē′və-lĭz′əm, mĕd′ē-)
1. The spirit or the body of beliefs, customs, or practices of the Middle Ages.
2. Devotion to or acceptance of the ideas of the Middle Ages.
3. Scholarly study of the Middle Ages.


(ˌmɛdɪˈiːvəˌlɪzəm) or


1. (Historical Terms) the beliefs, life, or style of the Middle Ages or devotion to those
2. a belief, custom, or point of style copied or surviving from the Middle Ages


or me•di•ae•val•ism

(ˌmi diˈi vəˌlɪz əm, ˌmɛd i-, ˌmɪd i-, mɪdˈi və-)

1. the spirit, practices, or methods of the Middle Ages.
2. devotion to or adoption of medieval ideals or practices.
3. a medieval belief, practice, or the like.


strong fondness or admiration for the culture, mores, etc, of the Middle Ages. — medievalist, n.medievalistic, adj.
See also: Past


[ˌmedɪˈiːvəlɪzəm] Nmedievalismo m
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Remember," he was saying, "the facts about this church of Santa Croce; how it was built by faith in the full fervour of medievalism, before any taint of the Renaissance had appeared.
The Welsh and English countryside at that time presented the strangest mingling of the assurance and wealth of the opening twentieth century with a sort of Dureresque medievalism.
Something of conventional medievalism still clings to Chaucer in externals, as we shall see, but in alertness, independence of thought, and a certain directness of utterance, he speaks for universal humanity.
He painted with her as his model, admired her beauty and medievalism, and Anna dared not confess to herself that she was afraid of becoming jealous of this nurse, and was for that reason particularly gracious and condescending both to her and her little son.
Ganim develops this argument in a singularly interesting direction in his analysis of the Fairs' physical and ideological collocation of orientalism and medievalism, in which the two come to 'be paired .
Alexander's remit here is far wider than just the Victorian devotion to medievalism in literature, religion and architecture.
Writers from within the genre (China Mieville, David Brin) and outside it (Germaine Greer) complain about Tolkien's Tory medievalism, as they denigrate his archaizing style.
I have spoken to Muslim friends who are well integrated into the ways of UK and they are equally appalled at the idea of this medievalism being introduced here.
The central thesis of Erin Labbie's Lacan's Medievalism is that Lacan can rightfully be considered a medievalist not only because he draws upon medieval texts in elaborating the concepts that constituted his return to Freud, but principally because his conceptualization of the unconscious situates him as a realist in the realism-nominalism debate that pervaded medieval philosophy.
And what Peter Hain, the Leader of the House, has been saying I support, which is that we now need not medievalism but modernity.
Thomas McFarland argues here that John Keats became a great poet by employing two masks that enabled him not only to exploit two contemporary cultural fashions, medievalism and Hellenism, but to become a "new and radiant being" (2), untrammeled by the misfortunes and embarrassments of his personal life.
This paper traces this dual interpretation of the Middle Ages from World's Fairs to Victorian Anthropology and then further back to the strangely intertwined histories of medievalism and orientalism in architecture, linguistics and literature.