Best Quotes About Medieval

A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall. -Vince Lombardi

Maimed but still magnificent… Europe's mightiest medieval cathedral. -R. W. Apple, Jr.

The medieval university looked backwards; it professed to be a storehouse of old knowledge. The modern university looks forward, and is a factory of new knowledge. -Thomas Huxley

Our horizon is the creation of a noble society to which, like the medieval builder of those glorious cathedrals, you will have added your conception, your artful piece of stone. -Adrienne Clarkson

The ultimate binding element in the medieval order was subordination to the divine will and its earthly representatives, notably the pope. -Irving Babbitt

Thank goodness we don't live in medieval times, when people fought wars over ideas. -Wojciech Jaruzelski

The medieval Church believed that the resurrection of Christ marked a new time for all of humanity. -Timothy Radcliffe

Krakow is one of my favorite places on earth. It is a medieval city full of young people. A wonderful, striking combination. -Jonathan Carroll

We can appreciate but not really understand the medieval town. We cannot comprehend its compactness, the contiguity of all its buildings as a single uninterrupted whole. -Arthur Erickson

No student of Chinese history can say that the Chinese are incapable of religious experience, even when judged by the standards of medieval Europe or pious India. -Hu Shih

It was then, I think, that I discovered that the best way of bringing a medieval subject home to my generation was not to be medieval in its treatment. -Laurence Housman

I'd like to do a story about the medieval ages where in every scene you'd sort of feel that you were in the 12th century. That would be great to get that feeling. -Oliver Stone

Ancient metaphysics underwent many changes at the hands of medieval thinkers who brought it in line with the dominant religious and theological movements of their day. -Wilhelm Dilthey

The medieval hall house was very primitive when it became the characteristic form of dwelling of the landowner of the Middle Ages. -Stephen Gardiner

But no, I don't think I'm particularly drawn to the period roles or the medieval roles. -Hugh Dancy

The rosary was said every evening. I always liked that sentence about the medieval Churches, that they were the Bibles of the poor. The Church was my first book and I would think it is still my most important book. -John McGahern

Every article on these islands has an almost personal character, which gives this simple life, where all art is unknown, something of the artistic beauty of medieval life. -John Millington Synge

The notion that human life is sacred just because it is human life is medieval. -Peter Singer

There are some examples of medieval kings who were terrible human beings but were nevertheless good kings. -George R. R. Martin

Bologna is the best city in Italy for food and has the least number of tourists. With its medieval beauty, it has it all. -Mario Batali

I decorated my house like a medieval gothic castle, European-style. Chandeliers and red velvet curtains. My bedroom is pink and black, my bathroom is totally Hello Kitty, I have a massive pink couch and a big antique gold cross. -Avril Lavigne

If I can't face my accusers, that's a joke. We did that in medieval times. -Lance Armstrong

If ever there was a slamming of the door in the face of constructive investigation, it is the word miracle. To a medieval peasant, a radio would have seemed like a miracle. -Richard Dawkins

In the first book of my Discworld series, published more than 26 years ago, I introduced Death as a character; there was nothing particularly new about this – death has featured in art and literature since medieval times, and for centuries we have had a fascination with the Grim Reaper. -Terry Pratchett

Every European goes on the streets and sees medieval churches. Not if you live in Indianapolis. The most exciting letters I received were from people in places like that. -Umberto Eco

In Florence, classical buildings sit against medieval buildings. It's that contrast we like. -Richard Rogers

The costumes are insane on 'Once Upon a Time.' It did influence my taking the job, the fact that not only would I be horseback riding and sword fighting and traipsing through the woods but I would be doing all those things in insane, medieval garb. -Ginnifer Goodwin

Like fundamentalist Judaism and medieval Christianity, Islam is totalist. That is to say, it makes a total claim on the individual. -Martin Amis

The American legal industry is a medieval guild in which the prosecutors, bar, and bench join hands to ensure that legal invoices are paid, no matter how excessive. -Conrad Black

We think of medieval England as being a place of unbelievable cruelty and darkness and superstition. We think of it as all being about fair maidens in castles, and witch-burning, and a belief that the world was flat. Yet all these things are wrong. -Terry Jones

If you were a medieval scholar reading a book, you knew that there was a reasonable likelihood you'd never see that particular text again, and so a high premium was placed on remembering what you read. You couldn't just pull a book off the shelf to consult it for a quote or an idea. -Joshua Foer

I not only hope that YouTube channels compete with television shows for viewers and revenue, I hope they develop a bitter rivalry which could only be settled by an elaborate medieval tournament where the two entities fight to the death in a steel cage. -Ray William Johnson

I went and looked at one of these great cathedrals one day, and I was blown away by it. From there I became interested in how cathedrals were built, and from there I became interested in the society that built the medieval cathedral. It occurred to me at some point that the story of the building of a cathedral could be a great popular novel. -Ken Follett

Childhood is not dead. Children were worse off when we were hunter-gatherers; they were threatened in medieval times and exploited during the Industrial Revolution. Was it any better in the time of Charles Kingsley or Charles Dickens? -Robert Winston

I love historical movies. I want to make a violent medieval epic. -Eli Roth

I listen to a lot of medieval music. -Grimes

A glance at the history of European poetry is enough to inform us that rhyme itself is not indispensable. Latin poetry in the classical age had no use for it, and the kind of Latin poetry that does rhyme – as for instance the medieval 'Carmina Burana' – tends to be somewhat crude stuff in comparison with the classical verse that doesn't. -James Fenton

Afghanistan is a rural nation, where 85 percent of people live in the countryside. And out there it's very, very conservative, very tribal – almost medieval. -Khaled Hosseini

My mom used to make my costumes when I was little; she sews a lot. One year, I was a bride and I had a big wedding dress and a bouquet. Another year I was a medieval princess with a long teal dress and a veil. It was a little extravagant, but it was cute! -Sasha Pieterse

The track record of economists in predicting events is monstrously bad. It is beyond simplification; it is like medieval medicine. -Nassim Nicholas Taleb

'Game of Thrones' is a fantasy show not dedicated to any specific time, but it seems to exist in sort of a 1400s medieval fantasy world, and in that setting, I wouldn't have had a six-pack. -Gwendoline Christie

My final historical romance came out December 2005. While I enjoyed writing medieval romances, I was also dying to write something with more edge. -Tina St. John

Chemotherapy is just medieval. It's such a blunt instrument. We're going to look back on it like we do the dark ages. -Eric Topol

Historically, art has always had a market. When one medieval fiefdom defeated another they would drag back its jewels, gold, tapestries and art objects as the spoils of war. Art equaled power, riches and culture. -Arne Glimcher

Every outbreak across the globe today stems from a descendant of the medieval plague. -Hendrik Poinar

Sarajevo was this beautiful city, very cosmopolitan, multiethnic, full of wonderful people, artists and writers and poets and Serbs and Muslims and Croats, and living side by side. And then this medieval siege, and it was a medieval siege, came, and the Bosnian Serbs were on the hills lobbing in rockets and grenades and mortars. -Janine di Giovanni

My parents took me to a movie, and I remember wanting to sit apart from them for some reason. I wanted to be a big boy or whatever. I remember looking up on that screen. It was a movie about medieval knights. All I remember is saying, 'I want to do that. I want to make movies.' -Tate Donovan

We had extremely democratic town councils in medieval Italy which knew the value of working together, and every now and then, down the centuries, this spirit returns. -Dario Fo

Every European goes on the streets and sees medieval churches. Not if you live in Indianapolis. -Umberto Eco

According to my mother, there pretty much wasn't anything I wouldn't eat as a child. Not just try, but eat. I was even inclined to dig into stuff about which she expressed open disgust – lobster and other shellfish, and cheap Chinese food with pepper so hot it made your gums feel like a medieval dentist had been at them. -Alice Dreger

I was brought up in Florence, a beautiful medieval town whose rhythm is completely in antiquity. -Oleg Cassini

I am a keen medievalist and like going around museums and ruins and finding out about the people and local culture. I'm not one for sitting by a pool or lying on a beach. I also like to sketch while I'm on holiday, if I have time. -Jools Holland

Cities are about juxtaposition. In Florence, classical buildings sit against medieval buildings. It's that contrast we like. In Bordeaux, we built law courts right next door to what is effectively a listed historic building, and that makes it exciting. -Richard Rogers

I believe very much in a dialogue between buildings – I believe it's always been there. I think buildings have different identities and live very well next to each other. We always have the shock of the new, and that's fine. The renaissance style is totally different from the medieval, and they have a dialogue across time. -Richard Rogers

I tell my students that being a writer is like being a member of a medieval guild and that what we are doing is very subversive and very important. -Jayne Anne Phillips

I was traumatised in the medieval Afghan society at Sarana village by the local boys of Omar's Taliban who forced my in-laws to subjugate me for trying to be different. There can be Omars in other religions, too, who oppress women. -Sushmita Banerjee

There's an interesting mix to 'Robin Hood' because it's kind of modern but medieval. There is a blend of adventure with a very modern feel. -Joanne Froggatt

I've come off horses and fought in medieval battles using axes, hammers and swords as well as fists. Getting your teeth knocked out is an occupational hazard. -James Cosmo

The synagogues of late antiquity and the early medieval period were built around imagery: imagery of remembering the Temple, but also of the celestial zodiac, too. -Simon Schama

We now think it hilarious that medieval streets were used as open sewers. Equally, our descendants will say: 'You won't believe this, but people were once allowed to hurl a couple of tons of dangerous metal around smashing into each other.' -Norman Foster

When the Great Fire of London destroyed most of the medieval city in 1666, Christopher Wren was invited to design a new one. Within days, he had drawn up an elegant grid of broad boulevards leading to majestic squares, but it came to nothing – the existing landowners wanted things as they had been. -Norman Foster

In the ancient world, taxes were paid in kind: landowners paid in crops or livestock; the landless paid with their labor. Taxing trade made medieval monarchs rich and funded the early-modern state. -Jill Lepore

I was very priggish as a child. I saved up for a book on medieval English nunneries, for which I was despised by my friends. -Claire Tomalin

Bruges is a beautiful medieval city almost untouched by time. If you like jazz, you will be well catered for. If you like chocolate and beer, you will be in heaven. -James Frain

From medieval tapestries, we know that slingers were capable of hitting birds in flight. They were incredibly accurate. -Malcolm Gladwell

Modern Americans suffer from a fear of judging. Passing judgment on the behavior of fellow human beings is considered an act of medieval, undemocratic intolerance. -Lewis B. Smedes

A seventeenth-century house can be recognized by its steep roof, massive central chimney and utter porchlessness. Some of those houses have a second-story overhang, emphasizing their medieval look. -John Updike

We live in this era that has benefited from the Industrial Revolution, and we live with a kind of luxury and plenty that even all but the poorest of Americans live with a kind of sensuousness that was unimagined by medieval kings. But in order to get to this point, a lot of people had to suffer in really terrible ways. -David Liss

My novels about medieval Wales were set in unexplored terrain; my readers did not know what lay around every bend in the road. -Sharon Kay Penman

It usually takes me about three years to research and write one of my historical sagas; this is one reason why I take medieval mystery breaks, for they can be completed in only a year. -Sharon Kay Penman

When I moved to Wales more than twenty years ago and began to research 'Here Be Dragons,' I was fascinated from the first by the Welsh medieval laws, by the discovery that women enjoyed a greater status in Wales than elsewhere in Europe. -Sharon Kay Penman

Everyone in the '80s was reading Tolkien; he invented this whole medieval fantasy genre. -William Kircher

My concern is to keep religion and the state separated. I don't think that religion and politics go together. When you see political decisions colored by religion, decisions that affect us all… I thought: 'I do not want to go back to medieval times.' -Bjorn Ulvaeus

Your chances of dying a violent death are 1/500th of what they used to be during medieval times. -Peter Diamandis

I was born in England and went to school there. That's when I discovered my undying passion for history – not just for the Middle Ages, but all periods of history. My favorites are medieval, Elizabethan, and Georgian; however, I've written stories set in periods as early as ancient Rome, right up to the Victorian era. -Virginia Henley

If we study learning as a data science, we can reverse engineer the human brain and tailor learning techniques to maximize the chances of student success. This is the biggest revolution that could happen in education, turning it into a data-driven science, and not such a medieval set of rumors professors tend to carry on. -Sebastian Thrun

When you look at the original 'Paradise Lost' film, you see three kids who can't defend themselves, being persecuted in a medieval way – witchcraft, satanic worship. It was kind of primitive. -Peter Jackson

Back in medieval times, Victorian repression hadn't come in yet. People were bawdy and wild and more in touch with their true natures. If you look at the Bosch paintings or Bruegel, you see, when people are dancing, they're totally cutting loose. -Catherine Hardwicke

In Peter Ackroyd's book 'London: The Biography,' he describes the route of the medieval wall that enclosed the original city. Take the book and follow it from the Tower of London via the Barbican to Ludgate Hill. You experience the real history of London. -Peter Capaldi

In another life I would be a medievalist. I loved Chaucer, far more than Shakespeare. -Susan Hill

Romney Marsh remains one of the last great wildernesses of south-east England. Flat as a desert, and at times just as daunting, it is an odd, occasionally eerie wetland straddling the coastal borders of Kent and Sussex, rich in birds, local folklore and solitary medieval churches. -David Hewson

Lympne Castle opens its doors to visitors during the summer only. It is privately owned, and more an interesting medieval manor than a castle. -David Hewson

My first published novel was 'Mother of Demons,' which is simply 'The High Crusade' standing on its head. Poul Anderson placed his medieval human heroes in a futuristic alien setting; I placed my futuristic human heroes in a bronze age alien setting. -Eric Flint

Marketing is not bragging, and touting one's wares is not evil. The baker in the medieval town square must holler, 'Fresh rolls!' if he hopes to feed the townfolk. -Jeffrey Zeldman

Airports and 'leg room' on planes are a form of medieval torture. -Mary E. Pearson

So many of the fantasy stories I encountered growing up were set in worlds that were largely modelled on medieval Europe in one way or another. Lots of white folks in feudal societies, castles and kings, that kind of thing. -Chris Roberson

I was born on September 30, 1939, in Rosheim, a small medieval city of Alsace in France. My father, Pierre Lehn, then a baker, was very interested in music, played the piano and the organ, and became, later, having given up the bakery, the organist of the city. My mother Marie kept the house and the shop. -Jean-Marie Lehn

Say you have cancer – you have this broad thing we call cancer; we're going to irradiate you and pump this poisonous material into you and hope more of the bad stuff dies than the good. That is going to seem so medieval when we can fix it on a genetic level, and Foundation Medicine is the first step to diagnosing it on a genetic level. -Bill Maris

Amplifying atoms is more subtle than amplifying electromagnetic waves because atoms can only change their quantum state and cannot be created. Therefore, even if one could amplify gold atoms, one would not realize the dreams of medieval alchemy. -Wolfgang Ketterle

There are Arthurian legends in 14 or 15 medieval European languages. They are the product of no one time or place. On the contrary, in sum they represent a tremendous mine of human understanding, rather as the Bible does. -Kevin Crossley-Holland

In middle school, I was really into the 'Redwall' series, about anthropomorphic rodents in medieval times. I had a bowl cut, too, if you need the full imagery. -Tyler Oakley

The concept of monogamy is an inheritance of a medieval time, when family would carry the tradition of the name and certain privileges. It's a way of organizing society, perhaps. -Gael Garcia Bernal

As historians, we spend days in archives, gazing at account books. We train would-be historians in the arts of deciphering letters and documents, early Latin, scribal handwriting, medieval French. -Kate Williams

Apart from medieval China, which invented both paper and printing centuries before the West, the world had never seen government paper money until the colonial government of Massachusetts emitted a fiat paper issue in 1690. -Murray Rothbard

I seem to be quite drawn to the medieval, magical fantasies, as it were. -Sean Bean

I'd really love to check out medieval times. I'm obsessed with that kind of stuff, like on a horseback with a sword. -Franz Drameh

So much of our fictional medievalism is distorted through a lens of Protestantism and the Reformation, slanted even further through Victorian anti-Catholicism. The depiction of actual medieval attitudes toward the Church is remarkably rare. -Judith Tarr

As a writer, I live in the world of literature and ideas, but I entered that world as an emigre from a medieval fiefdom, the sports world of Michigan. -Max Apple

I grew up under the spell of London. Illustrator Kerry Lee's evocative 1950 wall map of the city hung above our breakfast table at home in Canada. Over my corn flakes, I traced the capital's high roads and medieval alleys. -Rory MacLean

Imagine: in the medieval ages, there was no evidence of how the history of mankind has been affected by witchcraft. But there is significant factual history of how brutality and sadism of mankind have been displayed in the most obscene manner in the name of witch-hunt. -Kangana Ranaut

When you're doing a medieval show like 'Pillars,' it starts off a bit like a school play. You're all in funny costumes; you've had your coffee, and you say, 'Good morning'. Then you go on set and, if you've got good actors and directors, it takes on a life of its own. -Ian McShane

My hope is that 'The New World Haggadah' will open a new world for readers who will see our heritage through a multilingual prism. I wanted to feature medieval and renaissance authors, resistance in World War II, crypto-Jews and activists during the Dirty War in Latin America, songs of protest, and songs of hope. -Ilan Stavans

One of my favourite things to think about is, if you could be invisible and go back in time, where would you go? I've always said ancient Egypt. I would love to see them building the pyramids, and I've always had a real fascination with medieval time and monarchy in medieval times. -Elizabeth Debicki

The Islamic State is using medieval tactics. -Tom Cotton

I'm a bit of a history goon, and I love all that. Anything that's medieval-based up until, probably, the Tudor period and just after, I'm quite into. -Greg Rutherford

I have a real passion for anything medieval, which is why I love the drama series 'Game Of Thrones.' -Greg Rutherford

I like high fantasy as much as the next guy, but I also like a bit of grit and grime with my faux-medieval trappings. -Antony Johnston

I think every culture – you can call it an American Ronin, a medieval knight errant, you could talk about 'Shane.' There is an archetype that I think is actually common to a lot of cultures, and even the Clint Eastwood stuff was probably as influenced by the Japanese stuff, and yet done by an Italian. -Edward Zwick

I loved medieval architecture when I was very small; I don't know why. -Andrew Lloyd Webber

They should go back to the medieval tradition, which is that the nave of the church is always used for local business. -Andrew Lloyd Webber

I've had lots of ideas. For example, I had the idea of making a small version of the Vatican's dome. I also got ideas from medieval castles – I've mixed medieval castles with the Romanesque style. -Justo Gallego

Compromise is not such ignoble and deplorable a thing as we generally think. It is rather an indispensable factor in the political strategy. Any nation that rises against the oppressors is bound to fail in the beginning and to gain partial reforms during the medieval period of its struggle through compromises. -Bhagat Singh

ISIS itself, it draws its central belief system from the Koran and from the writings of the Prophet Muhammad. That is undeniable. And it's a medieval interpretation of it. It is a literal interpretation of it. -Jack Keane

I mean… mankind has for hundreds of years known that torture is not a very smart way to get information. It's horrible that we're going back to medieval times. -Stellan Skarsgard

If the Jew transmogrified into the Devil for the medieval church, he retained his devilish characteristics as Christian sentiment found other places to express itself, early socialism being one of them. -Howard Jacobson

The trouble with ecological invocations of Nature is that they're like calling for a medieval tool, perhaps a portcullis or an arrow slit, to fix a modern problem. -Timothy Morton

Rational thought will always trump medieval dogma. -Homer Hickam

'Goldenheart' is like a modern-day Joan of Arc. Think of it like medieval times-cum-2045 or Lancelot and Guinevere in 3025. It's a new version of these battles – age-old stories for the now. -Dawn Richard

Like most dictators, Col Gaddafi detests the metropolis. His vision of Libya is a kind of Bedouin romantic medievalism, suspicious of universities, theatres, galleries and cafes, and so monitors the cities' inhabitants with paranoid suspicion. -Hisham Matar

A fantasy novel set in something other than medieval Europe, featuring an almost entirely black cast, is considered risky. -N. K. Jemisin

I haven't studied history – I couldn't give a discourse in medieval literature – but I am a personal historian, and I do a lot to take in the histories of the people around me. -Lucy Dacus

I spend my weekends with my Android phone in an elastic band that has tied to my Android phone my driver's license and my credit card. That's how I live. I'm not carrying a wallet anymore. Like, a wallet is a medieval item, right? -Patrick Pichette

The medieval Islamic world, from Central Asia to the shores of the Atlantic, was a world where scholars and men of learning flourished. But because we have tended to see Islam as the enemy of the West, as an alien culture, society, and system of belief, we have tended to ignore or erase its great relevance to our own history. -Prince Charles

I do more research about 'Lumberjanes' than I did for a story of medieval knights. -Noelle Stevenson

Americans overall may live better than medieval aristocrats could dream of, but that means nothing when oligarchs live in the neighborhood next door, flaunting their luxurious homes and top-quality private schools. -Alissa Quart

I was born and spent my first five years in Chester, an ancient city that retains some of its Roman walls and fortifications and contains a great medieval cathedral, as well as Tudor, Stuart and early 19th century architecture. Visiting these things was free, and my parents – who had little money – made the most of this. -Linda Colley

Religion is all good, but we are almost back to medieval times now, where we are obsessed with going into religious wars and electing our politicians based on their religious statements. -Lexi Alexander

The genius of 'Game of Thrones' is that in this rich imagining of a world redolent of the medieval, the rules of a Middle Ages morality play have been so thoroughly discarded. -Julia Gillard

Beginning in the 11th century, a less-fragmented Europe began to take shape, and what we now call medieval culture – in which literature and learning made a noticeable rebound – spread through much of the territory Rome had once dominated. -Sarah Weinman

Britain proves to be an ideal setting for many a medieval-minded crime novelist, regardless of century. -Sarah Weinman

Essentially, Robin Hood put a smackdown on the medieval equivalent of the IRS. -Steven Crowder

It's a fine line between magic and science. In medieval times, science was magic. -Dan Fogler

Living here in Cambridge, you had to have an identity. It was not enough to be a wife. So I did a Ph.D. in medieval Spanish poetry. -Jane Hawking

The construction of 'Sekiro''s world is based on that of traditional Sengoku, or medieval Japan. To that end, we made sure to reference a lot of written materials on that period as well as actually visit several locations. -Hidetaka Miyazaki

Before my teens, my contemporaries were reading Tolkien and were absorbed by his works, but try as I might, I could not be drawn in, perhaps as something in me resists the epic, medieval-feeling fantasy. -Michael Portillo

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