A medievalist is a person who specializes in medieval studies. One of the most famous medievalists in the 20th century is the italian scholar Umberto Eco. The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... Photo of Umberto Eco by Robert Birnbaum Umberto Eco (born January 5, 1932) is an Italian novelist and philosopher, best known for his novels and essays. ...
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On the European continent similar medievalist tendencies appeared from the late 18th century, likewise furnishing building blocks for what later would become known as the Romantic movement
The meaning "medievalism" takes becomes clear from the context in which it is used: in an academic context, from the 20th century on it means "study of the Middle Ages"; in most other contexts it refers to a part-romantic love for the Middle Ages.
If it is said that Erik Satie was involved in several medievalist sects before the end of the 19th century, it refers to the romantic undercurrent meaning of medievalism
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