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 Medham [the keen].Me’dian Apples. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Mediæval or Middle Ages
begin with the Council of Chalcdon (451), and end with the revival of literature in the fifteenth century, according to the Rev. J. G. Dowling. According to Hallam, they begin from the downfall of the Western Empire, in 476, to the Italian expeditions of Charles VIII. of France (1494–1496).   1

 Medham [the keen].Me’dian Apples. 

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