“Medievalists learned…

"Medievalists learned long ago that when you carve your scholarly habitation out of time�s wilderness of flux and declare this secure home exclusively yours, you may as well have retreated to the monastery."

I'm mostly just quoting that because it's a lovely line, but if you're interested in the 2000-word article it comes from, on periodization and the term 'early modern', read more here.

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