Two Cheers for the Middle Ages! by Eric Christiansen
Prejudice against the medieval runs deep. It is an adjective applied to atrocity, severe punishment, out-of-date technology (this "medieval" typewriter), and all illiberal attitudes. For many, the Middle Ages are ineradicably reprehensible, as well as comic: knights immobilized in their armor, fat monks panting after licentious nuns, ladies locked into chastity belts.