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Middle Ages, reception of
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The term “reception of the Middle Ages” denotes the appropriation, adaptation, and transmission of products of European culture dating from between around 500 and 1500 CE. Because the epoch name “Middle Ages” came into general use only in the 18th century as part of the periodic triad antiquity-Middle Ages-modern age, a distinction must be made between such reception before and after the “inven…

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Hirschi, Caspar and Kreutziger-Herr, Annette, “Middle Ages, reception of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024166>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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