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Definition the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance (roughly 500-1450 AD)
  • 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 a feudal castle of the Middle Ages.
    Mark Twain  --  A Tramp Abroad
  • This was one of those marvelous manors of the middle ages, with walls twenty feet in thickness, and a hundred in height.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  Ten Years Later
  • For rabbits, winter remains what it was for men in the middle ages—hard, but bearable by the resourceful and not altogether without compensations.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • 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
  • I told them about the other world we saw together in Sicily; and how their father did well in a combat that might have occurred in the Middle Ages.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • So it was in the Middle Ages, and later the Jesuits always exploited this human trait.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • This is the twenty-first century, not the Middle Ages.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • ] [Footnote 76: By the Classic age is generally meant the age of Greece and Rome; and by the Romantic is meant the middle ages.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • I determined to wall it up in the cellar—as the monks of the middle ages are recorded to have walled up their victims.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • There was a period of about three hundred years during the Middle Ages when my name was almost forgotten.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • Unchastity and infidelity were as confused to him as to the Middle Ages, his only moral teacher.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • There is no Middle Ages logic so strong that it can stop the human tide from flowing forward.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • I think of smallpox as something out of the Middle Ages, like the Black Plague.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • I pass from house to house like the friars in the Middle Ages who cozened the wives and girls with beads and ballads.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • The horror, the shiver, the hellish sense of religious retribution out of the Middle Ages.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • In the Middle Ages the plastic artist paid lip service at least to the lowest common denominators of experience.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • She kept reminding me how few people since the Middle Ages had manned eagles.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • You people live in a world that would drive my profession back to the Middle Ages — not that most of us aren't still there; the words are just cuter.'
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy

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