The "Middle Ages" refers to European history from about 5th to the 16th centuries, and is often thought of as a time of instability, superstition, plagues, feudal lords, and knighthood.
Retrieved from Wikipedia 3/18/13: "The Middle Ages or Medieval period is a stretch of European history that lasted from the 5th until the 15th centuries. It began with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, and was followed by the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. The Middle Ages is the middle period of the traditional division of Western history into Classical, Medieval, and Modern periods. The period is subdivided into the Early Middle Ages, the High Middle Ages, and the Late Middle Ages."
India and China have not been so relatively powerful since medieval times.
a medieval attitude toward dating
The book examines the connections between medieval literature and courtly love.
He painted studies from nature under the guidance of an Italian professor of painting, and studied medieval Italian life.
Tolstoy, Leo -- Anna Karenina
The only shelter was provided by the suits of medieval armour punctuating the walls.
Eoin Colfer -- Artemis Fowl
Non-magic people (more commonly known as Muggles) were particularly afraid of magic in medieval times, but not very good at recognizing it.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
There was a medieval magnificence about it:
Richard Connell -- The Most Dangerous Game
It’s like a history club, where they study the medieval period together, on weekends.
Sarah Dessen -- Someone Like You
Like some medieval town with the castle smack at the center.
Don DeLillo -- Underworld
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It has been justly likened to the influence of Rome on medieval Europe.
Unknown -- The Epic of Gilgamesh
She came upon an ancient book in the house called Devils, Drugs, and Doctors and was frightened to mute hysteria by pictures of medieval labor chairs, delivery instruments, and the information that women were sometimes thrown repeatedly against walls to induce birth.
Harper Lee -- Go Set a Watchman
Instead, I found a group of girls standing in front of the bathroom door, waiting like excited spectators at a medieval hanging.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- The Impossible Knife of Memory
My first books were medieval demonologies with illuminated pages.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Heavenly Fire
It felt as if his body had been put into one of those medieval torture racks, stretching his bones and sinews.
James Dashner -- The Kill Order
At sixteen, Eleanor was already built like she ran a medieval pub. She had too much of everything and too little height to hide it.
Rainbow Rowell -- Eleanor & Park
They arrived at an enormous door, which seemed and likely was medieval, something that would have kept barbarians at bay.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
"Hope it ain’t too medieval for ya!"
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The maps reveal rumours of topography, the routes for invasion and trade, and the dark mad mind of travellers’ tales appears throughout Arab and Chinese and medieval records.
Michael Ondaatje -- Running in the Family
But I’m not quite ready to throw away centuries of scientific progress to start thinking like a medieval peasant.
Susan Ee -- Angelfall
Granta House was on the other side of Stortfold Castle, close to the medieval walls, on the long unpavemented stretch that comprised only four houses and the National Trust shop, bang in the middle of the tourist area.
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
If it were possible to run from disease spirits, the medieval Europeans would’ve put on their track shoes and escaped the Black Death.
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
Little by little, we ventured farther away from our building, first down the street, then around the block, and finally to the river where the Powstancow Slaskich Bridge connected our area to Krakow’s main attractions: the traditional Jewish quarter of Kazimierz; the historic district of the Old Town; and Wawel Castle, the royal palace of kings and queens who had ruled when Krakow was the capital of medieval Poland.
Leon Leyson -- The Boy on the Wooden Box
I was in an enormous classroom, with a vaulted ceiling like a medieval cathedral.
Ji-Li Jiang -- Red Scarf Girl
Whereas the old Castle looked like a medieval fortress made of stone and brick, the new USDB looked like a community college.
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
"It’s a medieval, gravity-operated catapult," Fredi said, as if it were the most obvious thing in the world.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
Here, people whisper, the Germans have renovated two kilometers of subterranean corridors under the medieval walls; they have built new defenses, new conduits, new escape routes, underground complexes of bewildering intricacy.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
They have one tower built, and Spencer checks the box to make sure they are building the second tower just like in the medieval castle in the picture.
An Na -- A Step from Heaven
"Yes, in ye olde medieval Europe you would’ve been quite the catch—"
Alexandra Bracken -- The Darkest Minds
You know, Cracow is a very ancient city, and our house was not far from the central square, where in the middle is this beautiful building that was made in medieval times—the Sukiennice it is called in Polish, which I believe translated in English means the cloth-hall, where they would have a market in all types of cloths and fabrics.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
I expect things to be better next month, when we’ll get away from the Greeks and Romans and into Mediaeval and Renaissance.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
Maybe you could do your dining room in medieval monk skulls.
Rick Riordan -- The Blood of Olympus
The parlor lamp outlined his head with a thin gold line, like a medieval engraving of a saint.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
The walls rose about three feet and were utterly medieval in their homeliness.
Dave Eggers -- A Hologram for the King
My mind started conjuring up images of a medieval dungeon.
Bella Forrest -- A Shade of Vampire
Medieval city: crooked streets, lights draped on bridges and shining off rain-peppered canals, melting in the drizzle.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
His face seemed illuminated, shining against a dark background like one of those medieval Russian icons.
James Patterson -- 1st to Die
The press of people was relieved when the street widened into an old medieval square.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Lost Souls
You can visit the ruins of an old medieval castle up there and look out on the plains and the orchards.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
It looked like a medieval fortress, with a Gothic cathedral grafted to its belly.
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
In the style of medieval villages, the town is organized around a large central square.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
It was like looking at a row of skeletons, like one of those medieval woodcuts where the dead walked and talked and danced on the piled bodies of the living.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Bones
Buildings crowded together inside high walls like a medieval town, way older than any place Leo had seen before.
Rick Riordan -- The Lost Hero
He saw Harris arguing with another captive about medieval history and the Magna Carta, and he once found the marine sitting with his hands parted as if holding a book, staring at them and mumbling to himself.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
A mediaeval doctor would have called him saturnine.
James Joyce -- Dubliners
It offered promise and hope for the future, and it swept away the old medieval system, which was hundreds of years old.
Michael Crichton -- Jurassic Park
He asked what a certain medieval commentator had remarked about that statement,, and Danny answered.
Chaim Potok -- The Chosen
On the contrary, the speeding-up seemed to be growing more savage all the time; they were continually inventing new devices to crowd the work on—it was for all the world like the thumbscrew of the medieval torture chamber.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
Did you ever go to one of those fairs where people pretend they’re still living in medieval times?
Cornelia Funke -- Inkheart
The house is very large and of all periods back, I should say, to mediaeval times, for one part is of stone immensely thick, with only a few windows high up and heavily barred with iron.