The romantic era was also revolt against the aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment and a reaction against the scientific rationalisation of nature. It was embodied most strongly in the visual arts, music and literature; it had a major impact on historiography, education and natural sciences.
This period effected on the politics was considerable and complex; while for much of the peak romantic period was associated with liberalism and radicalism, in the long term its effect on the growth of nationalism was more significant.
The movement validated strong emotion as an authentic source of an appealing experience, placing new emphasis on such emotions as apprehension, horror, and terror.
Romanticism reached beyond the rational and Classicist ideal models to elevate a revived medievalism and elements of art and narrative perceived to be authentically medieval in an attempt to escape the confines of population growth in Suburban sprawl and industrialism. It also attempts to embrace the exotic, unfamiliar and distant in modes more authentic than late Baroque