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▪ It now seems probable that there were more churches in late Saxon and early medieval times than was formerly thought.
▪ The foundation of the Camden Society in 1839 had promoted much more careful study of medieval architecture.
▪ Meksi was by profession a construction engineer and former restorer of medieval architecture.
▪ Most of Gebrüder Mann's new publications are on medieval art however.
▪ Nicholas is a veritable treasury of relics and medieval art.
▪ If so, Parler's is the first self-portrait known in medieval art.
▪ In working life he is a Boeing 747 pilot and he also gave an in-depth demonstration on the blood curdling medieval art.
▪ Instead it looked to our medieval buildings, our castles and churches, and to the wilds of Westmorland.
▪ Whilst surveying land for new railways, he began measuring and drawing medieval buildings.
▪ The examples here were originally memorial slabs from a church existing on the site before the Norman and medieval buildings.
▪ All the medieval buildings were torn down and replaced by stone built ones, with red pantiled roofs.
▪ In the town centre, almost all the medieval buildings were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1675.
▪ Kitzbuhel is an ancient fortified town with fine medieval buildings.
▪ This has opened the way for what has become the largest excavation of a medieval castle yet in Britain.
▪ History lives on in the towns of Framlingham and Orford each with its own splendid medieval castle.
▪ On the third night, Sylvia was chosen to accompany a punter into the medieval castle.
▪ The wooded gardens lie beneath the Verdala Palace, a moated medieval castle.
▪ She entered the theme room, which was decked out to look like the great hall of a medieval castle.
▪ Evidently a medieval castle had been built on the site of an Iron Age fort.
▪ He had looked forward to living in a medieval castle and felt slightly cheated.
▪ Along the waterways was carried most of the stone required to build our medieval cathedrals.
▪ The south-facing house is situated in one of the oldest streets in Ely and boasts superb views of the medieval cathedral.
▪ The capital of the region is Elgin with its ruined medieval cathedral.
▪ Easily Accessible: Ely is an ancient market town famous for its magnificent medieval cathedral and stained glass museum.
▪ In doing so, they continued the flexibility in intellectual speculation that had begun in certain quarters in the medieval Church.
▪ At home the prevailing taste was for more picturesque remains, ruined abbeys and medieval churches.
▪ For example, the glass in the ancient windowpanes of medieval churches flows even though it is a solid.
▪ Villages are unspoilt, usually built around a medieval church with a stork's nest on top.
▪ There is also an instructive history in the condemnation and prohibition of books by the medieval church.
▪ Burton, which has the large medieval church, is a very small hamlet.
▪ Bucharest is not some medieval city surrounded by walls, says George Roman, head of Save the Children.
▪ So Doyle got the ferry back to the mainland and drove quickly to the attractive, still-recognisably medieval city of Winchester.
▪ These were the glittering and opulent reminders of the medieval city.
▪ It started with William standing alone in the middle of a street in a typical medieval city.
▪ The fine medieval city of Norwich, 17 miles away, has a cathedral, castle and market.
▪ Excavations of other medieval glass furnaces have sometimes revealed a better degree of preservation.
▪ It was only in 1849 that the chemical formulae for medieval glass were rediscovered, and later published, by Charles Winston.
▪ Work has so far included research into early medieval glass beads which provides supporting evidence for the fragmentary work on vessel glass.
▪ St. Martin's church and its medieval guild were responsible at some stage for providing the bull.
▪ What broke the medieval guilds was printing; some one could publish a treatise on how to tan leather.
▪ As with medieval guilds, non-members could not officially practise their trade.
▪ They are two of the most colourful and exciting figures in the whole of medieval history.
▪ Until 1939 he continued to teach medieval history, giving tutorials that often lasted for a couple of hours.
▪ Although my subject is medieval history, we used to read and discuss all history from biblical times onward.
▪ But her abiding passions were medieval history and archaeology which she continued to study all her life.
▪ The households of early medieval kings were simple affairs; the permanent staff was small.
▪ And everyone knows that really he is advising medieval kings and nineteenth-century Prime Ministers.
▪ One of the chief functions of an early medieval king was the enforcement of justice.
▪ His principal area of research is medieval literature.
▪ Be that as it may, it was here mat Lewis began to build up his encyclopaedic knowledge of late medieval literature.
▪ These stages, linked to the known planets, can be traced back through medieval literature to the ancients.
▪ Many medieval manuscripts have decorated borders filled with comic animals and birds and people.
▪ It comprises an extensive accumulation of medieval manuscripts, and a number of antiquarian collections.
▪ It was perfect, like the letter-high illuminations in a medieval manuscript.
▪ Similar techniques have been used on the fire-damaged medieval manuscripts of our Cotton collection.
▪ The first rooms here contain very fine collections of stove tiles from the medieval period and the Renaissance.
▪ For the medieval period there is more information.
▪ With the end of the medieval period, however, a gradual shift in viewpoint took place.
▪ Apart from the Roman remains, Avenches preserves interesting buildings from the medieval period.
▪ Initially the latter two metals only occur in alloys as they were not generally isolated in metallic form until the medieval period.
▪ Although some Roman keys do have a vertical bow, keys from the Saxon and medieval periods rarely employ a horizontal bow.
▪ Church architecture of the medieval period demonstrates a high level of awareness of the effect of form on consciousness.
▪ Their purpose was a practical one; medieval societies required professionals in those fields.
▪ Monastic worship shaped the religious feeling of early medieval society more than did any other single factor.
▪ Altogether a most attractive and unspoilt city, it has some pretty medieval streets, some of which are pedestrianised.
▪ Two minutes in its unplanned, crooked, medieval streets reveal that it is a more vibrant, cheerful and successful place.
▪ In medieval times, professional perfumers would concoct personal scents for their clients from six to eight special ingredients.
▪ Joseph Campbell once said that in medieval times, as you approached the city, your eye was taken by the cathedral.
▪ In medieval times, bringing corn to the mill was the responsibility of the customer.
▪ They wore black masks and held what were meant to look like large axes, from medieval times.
▪ It was the corruption of the Roman Catholic clergy in medieval times that paved the way for the Reformation.
▪ Dent is a throwback to medieval times bypassed by modern progress, an anachronism that has survived the passing years.
▪ In medieval times this was raised to an art.
▪ Some, like Pesaro and Senigallia, have grown up around medieval towns and still retain old-world charm.
▪ I could have queried whether the castle was going to be part of an entire medieval town.
▪ All are within easy reach of Gubbio which is among the best restored medieval towns in Umbria.
▪ I try to picture the basilica and the beautiful little medieval town of Assisi, tucked into the side of Mount Subasio.
▪ The Hotel Girasole in Bormio 2000, high above the medieval town of Bormio, is the perfect destination for pre-teen skiers.
▪ The latter was probably always more important, for medieval towns such as Stamford and Grantham lay on its line.
▪ Nor is the road between, say, Salisbury and Winchester necessarily medieval just because it now links the two medieval towns.
▪ Nowhere is that symbiosis better expressed than in the medieval towns and villages.
▪ And nearby are the remains of a deserted medieval village.
▪ This is in the form of a full size reproduction of a medieval village, placed in extensive parkland.
▪ One surprise has been the lack of Saxon settlements beneath the medieval villages which have been excavated.
▪ Beyond the cathedral and the little churches, visitors can walk up the mountainside to the tiny, medieval village of Scala.
▪ The route then heads north to the medieval village of Wharram Percy before cutting east towards the coast at Filey Brigg.
▪ In Sussex there are known to be some 43 sites of deserted medieval villages.
▪ Cosmeston medieval Village A deserted medieval village gradually being uncovered by archaeologists.
▪ Stretches of the medieval walls still stand.
▪ Unquestionably it was ancient Rome's greatest legacy to the medieval world, greater probably even than its literature and its poetry.
▪ The notion that the papacy should be above politics would have made no sense to the people of the medieval world.
▪ The whole of year 7 could be devoted to the medieval world but can not be.
▪ He really wanted to get back to a medieval world and he thought Buckingham should be a symbol of that world.
medieval art
medieval Europe
▪ Civil rights groups complained that the law was "racist and medieval."
▪ The plumbing in this house is medieval!
▪ This so-called accounting system is positively medieval.
▪ Feminist scholars popularized the writings of medieval mystics such as Julian of Norwich and Hildegard of Bingen.
▪ In a medieval sense, the toilet yearns to keep itself full by means of this automatic plumbing.
▪ It now seems probable that there were more churches in late Saxon and early medieval times than was formerly thought.
▪ She parried with a weapon that turned out to be a medieval axe.
▪ The medieval judges served the Church and the king and were the instruments by which the people were dominated.
▪ The Renaissance destroys the medieval unity of vision.
▪ To look up at the towering medieval universe is much more like looking at a great building.
▪ You can have a medieval gothic monstrosity in the middle of your otherwise pleasant townscape.


  1. adj. relating to or belonging to the Middle Ages; "Medieval scholars"; "Medieval times" [syn: mediaeval]

  2. as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened; "a medieval attitude toward dating" [syn: mediaeval, gothic]

  3. characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Ages; "chivalric rites"; "the knightly years" [syn: chivalric, knightly]



a. 1 Of or relating to the Middle Ages, the period from about 500 to about 1500. 2 Having characteristics associated with the Middle Ages: 3 # archaic. 4 # brutal. n. 1 Someone living in the Middle Ages. 2 A medieval example (of something aforementioned or understood from context).

The Collaborative International Dictionary


Mediaeval \Me`di*[ae]"val\ (m[=e]`d[i^]*[=e]"val; 277), a. [L. medius middle + aevum age. See Middle, and Age.] Of or relating to the Middle Ages; as, medi[ae]val architecture. [Written also medieval.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


1827, "pertaining to or suggestive of the Middle Ages," coined in English from Latin medium "the middle" (see medium (n.)) + aevum "age" (see eon).


Usage examples of "medieval".

It is clear, too, that they had an instrument of navigation for accurately determining longitudes that was far superior to anything possessed by the peoples of ancient, medieval or modern times until the second half of the eighteenth century.

But one cannot conceive that even in this way any approximation could have been made, even in these old medieval days, towards a fair proportioning of the pay to the work.

I see more of Charlie than he sees of me, for I am now thoroughly dug in at my stable clinic, and from my private hideout and post of observation in the tower -- yes, there is even a neat little tower on this archidiaconal horse-palace, to echo the larger tower of the same design on Glebe House -- I see him swanning around looking at once medieval and thoroughly of the moment, a priest among his people.

More knowledge, however, of the history of surgery has given a serious set-back to this self-complacency, and now we know that the later medieval surgeons understood practical antisepsis very well, and applied it successfully.

Between the outer wall and the buildings was an open space corresponding to the ballium of a medieval castle.

Regress Express and set the Way Back Machine to medieval or horticultural or foraging or whatnot: they all had their chance.

What were the medieval equivalents of Constable and ecology, of bird watching and Eleusis, of microscopy and the rites of Dionysos and the Japanese Haiku?

It was a mystical pictorial with a millefleurs background dotted with several of the small animals representing the forest bestiaries so beloved by medievals: birds, rabbits, goats, sheep, squirrels and hounds.

In medieval Europe certain themes began to develop around the millenarian experience.

Before the Aryan groups came to prominence, there was a spree of cult violence not widely recognized as millenarian but in fact showing so many signs of the medieval form as to seem a knife-happy parody.

The parador was perfectly sited on the bluff opposite the city, and their room commanded a view of the whole medieval city.

At first he had identified the style as medieval European, but he decided that it was more like Tudor when he started along the lane that professed to be the main street, for there he saw older structures, whose beams had turned black and pargeting white.

The reason for this may be partly found in the preparation of the soil for their seed by the medieval heresies, but still more in the strong particularistic spirit of that region.

Her boredom subsided in the early afternoon when they rolled into the town of Gram mantes, with its intact medieval city wall, its cobbled streets, quaintly gabled and timbered houses, and its ancient guild halls of rose-flecked Fabequais granite.

The church of San Giovenale was in the Quartiere Vecchio, a colourful area with medieval towers and churches.