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What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
Sigmund Freud (referring to the public burning of his books in Berlin)
  the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance (roughly 500-1450 AD)
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The Middle Ages form the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three "ages": the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Modern Times. ...

The Middle Ages are commonly dated from the fall of the Western Roman Empire (or by some scholars, before that) in the 5th century to the beginning of the Early Modern Period in the 16th century, marked by the rise of nation-states, the division of Western Christianity in the Reformation, the rise of humanism in the Italian Renaissance, and the beginnings of European overseas expansion which allowed for the Columbian Exchange. ...

The Middle Ages witnessed the first sustained urbanization of northern and western Europe. Many modern European states owe their origins to events unfolding in the Middle Ages; present European political boundaries are, in many regards, the result of the military and dynastic achievements during this tumultuous period.

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  • What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
    Sigmund Freud (referring to the public burning of his books in Berlin)
  • In the Middle Ages, black pepper was imported from Asia and was so expensive it was sold by the corn.
  • It was called the Middle Ages, the Dark Ages.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • There was a period of about three hundred years during the Middle Ages when my name was almost forgotten.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • He’ll only say, "You’re lucky, in my day . blah blah blah," and then we’ll be back in the Middle Ages, or the seventies as he calls it.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • When I started my project I enjoyed the laughing Middle Ages lady that wore red boots.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  Ellen Foster
  • Probably in the Middle Ages?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I thought, I must confess, that these tales, were inventions of the Middle Ages.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • These religious policies earned universal notoriety as the Taliban strived to restore the Middle Ages in a nation longing to join the twenty-first century.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The whole scene resembled one of those engravings from the Middle Ages entitled" A Quack at Work."
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl

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  • It was more common in the Middle Ages than now.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • That’s where the Vikings used to hide in the Middle Ages.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Anything large and impressive, if it was reasonably new in appearance, was automatically claimed as having been built since the Revolution, while anything that was obviously of earlier date was ascribed to some dim period called the Middle Ages.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Then, in the Middle Ages, the Christians modeled gargoyles after me, to protect their cathedrals and whatnot.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Attired after the fashion of the Middle Ages, they bore upon their shoulders a splendid pair of wings; but what especially distinguished them was the long noses which were fastened to their faces, and the uses which they made of them.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Scarlett, our Southern way of living is as antiquated as the feudal system of the Middle Ages.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She could see the town below her, nestled on top of a low hill, surrounded by a crenellated wall from the Middle Ages.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Several centuries of humanitarian progress were to be cancelled out, and we were back in the Middle Ages.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • In the Middle Ages, thousands of books were destroyed when people cut up their bindings to make soles for shoes or to heat steam baths with their paper.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • They got laws about that sort of thing nowadays; this ain’t the Middle Ages.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • [1] [1] The sin here punished is that known to the Middle Ages as acedia, or accidie,—slackness in good works, and spiritual gloom and despondency.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Peter, you do realize that talismans went out of vogue in the Middle Ages, right?
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Their language was still written, like the Latin of the Middle Ages, centuries after they had lost their political identity.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • He explained that the decadence of architecture had come when private property replaced the communal spirit of the Middle Ages, and that the selfishness of individual owners—who built for no purpose save to satisfy their own bad taste, "all claim to an individual taste is bad taste"—had ruined the planned effect of cities.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Joyeux had been made by Galand, the greatest swordsmith of the Middle Ages.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Nevertheless, the golden thread with which it was embroidered still glinted brightly enough to show them a sprawling family tree dating back (as far as Harry could tell) to the Middle Ages.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • I have read every historical work that I have been able to lay my hands on, from a catalogue of dry facts and dryer dates to Green’s impartial, picturesque "History of the English People"; from Freeman’s "History of Europe" to Emerton’s "Middle Ages."
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Vronsky’s interest in painting and the Middle Ages did not last long.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • For it is thus that people have been in the habit of proceeding with the marvellous churches of the Middle Ages for the last two hundred years.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • [9] [9] In the Middle Ages, Franklin, if such a phenomenon as Franklin were possible in the Middle Ages, would probably have been the founder of a monastic order.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • We are no longer in the Middle Ages.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • "The Skip of the Tip-Toe-Hop, a Romance of the Middle Ages, by the celebrated author of ’Tittle-Tol-Tan,’ to appear in monthly parts; a great rush; don’t all come together."
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • "Only a day’s drive from the modern world, I really felt we’d arrived in the Middle Ages," Mortenson says.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • I think of smallpox as something out of the Middle Ages, like the Black Plague.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Chapter XX: The End of the Middle Ages The Miss Alans did go to Greece, but they went by themselves.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Secure, because once enlisted aboard a King’s-ship, they were as much in sanctuary, as the transgressor of the Middle Ages harboring himself under the shadow of the altar.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Aristotle’s erroneous view of the sexes was doubly harmful because it was his—rather than Plato’s—view that held sway throughout the Middle Ages.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • His name was Jehan, owing to that petty momentary freak which mingled with the powerful and profound movement whence sprang the very essential study of the Middle Ages.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So would you be if you had lived so much in the Middle Ages as I have done these last few years!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • What about the Middle Ages?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Ms. Keen has been teaching since the Middle Ages.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • A twentieth-century nun floats by in a costume from the Middle Ages.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Are we still living in the monstrous times of the Middle Ages, when vagabonds were permitted to display in our public places leprosy and scrofulas they had brought back from the Crusades?
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • You will be aware, anyhow, that Nestorian Christianity was widespread throughout Asia during the Middle Ages, and that its memory lingered long after its actual decay.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • It was to see my native village in the light of the Middle Ages, and our Concord was turned into a Rhine stream, and visions of knights and castles passed before me.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • Zero, originally a Hindu number, was introduced to the West by the Arabs during the Middle Ages and was unknown to the ancient Greeks and Romans.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • That was his life two years before Gaston began to wait for the airplane, and it went on the same way on the afternoon that he went to the bookstore of the wise Catalonian and found four ranting boys in a heated argument about the methods used to kill cockroaches in the Middle Ages.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • A man of the Middle Ages would detest the whole mode of our present-day life as something far more than horrible, far more than barbarous.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • They say "Go up, baldhead" to the prophet going his unoffending way in the gray of antiquity; they sass me in the holy gloom of the Middle Ages; and I had seen them act the same way in Buchanan’s administration; I remember, because I was there and helped.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • In the Middle Ages, people believed in the devil and feared him.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
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