In case you haven’t yet done so, check out this blog about references to all things medieval in the media and pop culture. The fact that its creator has given himself the name LLCoolCarlIII should give you an idea about the high-brow academic discussion waiting for you there. Here’s a piece of his latest entry:
You’ve probably heard that the President of Iran, Mr. Ahmadinezhad, has accused the U.S. and other Western nations of being “medieval” for not wanting Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.
I know that I don’t need to tell you that medieval literature and law is full of attempts to stop people from acquiring nuclear weapons. During the First Crusade, both the crossbow and the LGM-118A Peacekeeper nuclear missile were banned by Innocent II’s Second Lateran Council
Now if that doesn’t do it for you, I don’t know what will.