Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Seven Wonders of the Medieval World

Did you know that Wikipedia deletes articles? It is true. It appears as though many contributed articles are vanity, silly, or just plain weird. These get deleted at a special place of Wikipedia called Wikipedia: Articles for Deletion. There, editors vote on the merit of articles and eliminate those which fail to pass the test.

One article currently being debated is Seven Wonders of the Medieval World. There is also a proposal to merge this with another article. I am not sure this deserves being deleted. It is also the only candidate for deletion related to history I could find. Therefore, I will feature it here. It may vanish from Wikipedia soon.

Seven Wonders of the Medieval World

The Seven Wonders of the Medieval World is a list for which there is no unanimity of opinion in content or name. The list is more properly seen as a type or genre than a specific list. Similar names include "Wonders of the Middle Ages" (implying no specific limitation to seven) and "Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages". It has also been called the "Architectural Wonders of the Middle Ages".

Typically representative[1][2][3][4][5] of the seven are:

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
Great Wall of China
Porcelain Tower of Nanjing
Hagia Sophia
Leaning Tower of Pisa

Other sites that have been mentioned include:

Cairo Citadel[6]
Ely Cathedral[7]
Taj Mahal[8]
Cluny Abbey[9]

It is unlikely the list originated in the Middle Ages. Brewer's calls it a "later list"[5]. The word medieval was invented by Enlightenment-era authors, and the concept of a "Middle Ages" did not develop until 15th century humanists at the very earliest. The Romanticism movement in the 19th century glorified all things related to the Middle Ages, or more specifically anything pre-Enlightenment era.

^ Hereward Carrington (1880-1958), "The Seven Wonders of the World: ancient, medieval and modern", reprinted in the Carington Collection (2003) ISBN 0766143783, page 14.
^ Edward Latham. A Dictionary of Names, Nicknames and Surnames, of Persons, Places and Things (1904), page 280.
^ Francis Trevelyan Miller, Woodrow Wilson, William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt. America, the Land We Love (1915), page 201.
^ a b I H Evans (reviser), Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (Centenary edition Fourth impression (corrected); London: Cassell, 1975), page 1163
^ The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades (2001, page 153))
^ The Rough Guide To England (1994, page 596))
^ Palpa, as You Like it, page 67)
^ The Catholic Encyclopedia, v.16 (1913), page 74

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1 comment:

Jennie W said...

Did you see that they are collecting votes to name a new 7 wonders of the world list? Check out my post for the link: