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The Middle Ages in Romanticism: Pre-Raphaelite painting of a knight and a lady (Lamia by John William Waterhouse, 1905).

Medievalism is the system of belief and practice characteristic of the Middle Ages, or devotion to elements of that period, which has been expressed in areas such as architecture, literature, music, art, philosophy, scholarship, and various vehicles of popular culture.<ref>J. Simpson and E. Weiner eds, The Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2nd edn., 1989), c.f. "Medievalism".</ref> Since the eighteenth century, a variety of movements have used the medieval period as a model or inspiration for creative activity, including Romanticism, the Gothic revival, the Pre-Raphaelite and arts and crafts movements and neo-medievalism (a term often used interchangeably with medievalism). Medievalism can also be used as an insult, implying conservatism and outdated attitudes. The words "medievalism" and "Medieval" are both first recorded in the nineteenth century. "Medieval" is derived from Latin medium aevum (middle of the ages).


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