WILLIAM J. BOUWSMA. The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga. We have come a long way since Bury informed us so firmly that history is a science. The Waning of the Middle Ages has ratings and reviews. Jan-Maat said : Bought this by mistake thinking it was a book by Burckhardt, which was ob. Brilliant study of art, life and thought in France and the Netherlands during the 14th and 15th centuries explores the period’s splendor and simplicity, courtesy.

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Incredible edible Middle Ages, so close to our mentality in the extremes of violent and amorous expressions, prejudice, supersticions and swaying from one extreme to the nexr, and so far away from us historically. The Waning of the Middle Ages is likely to appear on anyone’s list of the ten best books ever written on medieval history, and a plausible argument would place it near the top [it’s one of the all-time best sellers on the subject] … But Huizinga stands alone and remote from the ongoing dialogues in medieval studies.

The complexity of things is ignored by it in a truly astounding manner. What he dislikes is the late medieval tendency to get lost in a maze of details reflecting the complexities of the mazes of theology and chivalry.

This is an indispensable book for anyone who loves history, poetry, or art. He retired for the summer to his mother-in-law’s farm, sat there in the “hot attic” with some material from the fifteenth century, and wrote the book before the fall called him back to the university. Refresh and try again. Epoch after epoch, camp, kingdom, empire, republic, democracy, are merely the application of his manifold spirit to the manifold world.

It analyzes the nature of both the plastic arts and the literary, religion and symbolism, chivalry and politics, and love and pessimism to the Medieval mind.

In many of Huizinga’s works, he discusses the play element in culture.

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The Waning of the Middle Ages

He anticipates the field of “Cultural Studies” in his blend of source materials and thematic chapter arrangement. Quotes from The Waning of the This leads to history that carries a strong bias and is of dubious usefulness. A brilliantly creative work that established the reputation of Dutch historian John Huizingathe book argues that the era of diminishing chivalry reflected the spirit of an age and that its figures and events were neither a prelude to the Renaissance nor harbingers of a coming culture, but a consummation of the old.


Erasmus and the Age of Reformation. Map of the Duchy of Burgundy in the s The other thing I took from my first reading all those years ago was the comedy names of the rulers of Burgundy in this period: Huzingia is a fore runner of later developments in social history, both in Fra In his histroiograhical tour of middle ages scholarship, Norman F. The equally long index however is very good. The late medieval world overflowed with meaning all of it, fundamentally, spurious.

It’s a bit dated and it’s far from perfect but it’s a real intellectual stimulant and one of the few history books I can see myself reading multiple times just for enjoyment. Brilliant study of art, life and thought in France and the Netherlands during the 14th and 15th centuries explores the period’s splendor and simplicity, courtesy and cruelty, its idyllic vision of life, despair and mysticism, religious, artistic, and practical life, and much more.

The abundant and detailed evidence collected and adduced throughout this volume, on the other hand, is by far the best Apologies for the grumpy review — but I’ll let it stand. In the short autobiography that he composed in the last decade of his life, he tells of writing Waning when he was told that his academic job was in jeopardy if he could not come up with a significant publishable book. The language requires savoring as well as the time to digest comp Mid way through my cursory reading of European history I felt myself overwhelmed with names, dates and wars.

His initial academic training was as a linguist – he studied Dutch language and literature in Groningen from until when he wrote his doctoral dissertation under the supervision of the classical scholar J. This book changed my view on the Middle Ages. Much of this was gratefully abandoned even by the Catholic Church in light of the great Reformation which came in the early 16th century.

The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga (1919)

Huizinga believed that in the late 14th and early 15th century the Mediaval faith had become ritualistic and overly ripe. Just as at some level a study of your culture based on a handful of memoirs, works of art and news reports will not capture the full experience and perception that you participate in as part of your culture. Literature and painting are held to have become increasingly unintelligible – poetry is represented as having maintained throughout history “a certain connection with rational expression GilmanSander Lawrence Gilman Limited preview – I prefer reading something else then just keep on reading without truly grasping what is being said.


The book is an attempt to creat Bought this by mistake thinking it was a book by Burckhardt, which was obviously pretty stupid as it clearly says Huizinga on the cover. I am not nearly enough of a historian to rate this book as overall correct or incorrect.

The book is an attempt to create a portrait of the age, specifically of the culture of the higher levels of society in Northern France and the Low Countries there is a lot of focus on the court of the Dukes of Burgundy. Mooi edoch moeilijk Nederlands.

Product Description Product Details This classic study of art, life, and thought in France and the Netherlands during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries ranks as one of the most perceptive analyses of the medieval period. We view the late Middle Ages through the psychology and thought of artists, theologians, poets, court chroniclers, princes, and statesmen of the period, witnessing the splendor and simplicity of medieval life, its courtesy and cruelty, its idyllic vision of life, despair and mysticism, religious, artistic, and practical life, and much more.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

As Cantor says, Huzingia wrote this book with sources available in any “second tier library”. And for such a complete subversion of the fragile state of things, only the most extreme form of punishment thf suitable — something so terrible that it would terrify anyone who witnessed or heard of it to go anywhere near this kind of transgressive behaviour.

For it was not merely the great facts of birth, marriage and death which, by the sacredness of the sacrament, were raised to the rank of mysteries; incidents of less importance, like a journey, a task, a visit, were equally attended by a thousand formalities: With no effective medicine, anybody could fall ill at any time, or suffer ths scratch or wound which became infected and they died.

Muddle own religious beliefs and artistic preferences, though never stated, seem to exert a strong influence on his readings of the historical milieu.