Indeed, the early conviction of the essential difference between the life of this world and that of the next lived on, and, as the Church became increasingly a worldinstitution, found vent in monasticism, which was simply the effort to put into more consistent practice the other-worldly life, and to make more thoroughgoing work of the saving of one's soul.
It can seem wistful, nostalgic, other-worldly, even intimidating, but it is never quite ordinary.
The moral character of Europe in 1300 was no longer the moral character of Europe in 110o; and the Crusades, which had been the active and objective embodiment of the other worldly Europe of I i oo, were alien to the secular, legal, scholastic Europe of 1300.
This surge of energy is closely associated with a shift in the balance of Muslim piety from an other-worldly toward a this-worldly focus.
The wrong princess dress equates with the wrong princess fantasy, and you may be surprised to learn just how exacting your child can be when it comes to her other worldly machinations.