The Annunciation
The Annunciation, MS 161
Special Collections, University of Wisconsin

The study of the medieval past brings many rewards on its own terms:

  • the intellectual challenge of investigating cultural difference
  • the ability to trace the origins of familiar modern ideas, whether on the level of the  individual (love, marriage) or the institutional (political beliefs, religious stereotypes)
  • the ability to imagine new answers to questions that our contemporary society may answer in radically different ways