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Middle Ages
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The understanding of the Middle Ages by later ages in Europe has passed through a number of phases. Even the term ‘Middle Ages’ is a modern convention. Enlightenment thinkers tended to use the expression ‘the dark ages’ to refer to this period, in order to set it up as a gloomy foil, making the light of the new era shine all the brighter. In the confrontation of the French Revolution of 1789, both the revolutionaries, on the on…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Middle Ages”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 20 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00281>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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