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

Its liability to wrong judgements is extreme. The present work deals with the history of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries regarded as a period of termination … Such a view presented itself to the author whilst endeavoring to arrive at a genuine understanding of the art of the brothers Van Eyck and their contemporaries, that is to say, to grasp its meaning by seeing it in connection with the entire life of their times.

Much of this book is written not for the general reader, but for fellow Dutchmen and contemporaries. Being retired, I read for my own pleasure and not for …more I read this one because it’s the one I own huizlnga my personal library. Countless millions starved to death unrecorded and unlamented. I am a history major and I still could not immediately place every historical figure or reference Huizinga used and even if I could it is a style I truly detest. Huizinga is discussing more than play, he is discussing human nature, the fundamental drives within human nature – “The spirit of playful competition is, as a social impulse, older than culture itself and pervades all life like a veritable ferment.

Everyone was badly stressed by this appalling plight.

The Waning Of The Middle Ages

The focus here is on northern France and the Low Countries, but Huizinga’s vision is wide-ranging and informed. The book is an attempt to creat Bought this wanjng mistake thinking it was a book by Burckhardt, which was obviously pretty stupid as it clearly says Huizinga on the cover. But, as part of the intricate interlacing huizniga ideas so typical of the late medieval mind, the court, mmiddle exchange for these obvious material benefits, had to be paragons of nobility and display for everyone the courtly virtues of dignity, charity, kindliness, forbearance and so on.

I’ll never toss the book, who could throw away that title from their bookshelf? Kenneth I read this one because it’s the one I own in my personal library.


The beauty and simplicity of much of this kind of symbolism lives on to this day, especially when it is about the natural world. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Lacking any other age of human nature, lacking our modern ideas of biology or evolution, lacking the waninng idea that there have existed numerous and hugely varied societies which themselves have changed and evolved over time, lacking the post-Industrial Revolution idea that technology drives social change with ever-new gadgets leading to ever-rising standards of living — all these modern ideas are predicated on CHANGE.

The Waning of the Middle Ages. This book will take the same place as did Dante’s work, I acknowledge the importance of it and the impact but I can’t appreciate the original.

In order to escape an eternity of hellfire you had to devoutly follow Christian teaching. Gone are the flowers, the trees, the landscape, the roofs and pf of the distant town, the colour symbolism and elaborate folds of the stiff clothes, the sweet douceur of the faces and the sentimental tears of the mourners. The cult of Courtly Love grew into a highly complex, ritualised, mixdle and delightful cornucopia, a delicate Gothic tracery of manners, behaviours and modes of address.

Herfsttij der middeleeuwen Fourteen full page black and white illustrations, all works of art from the period, by Rogier van der Weyden, Jan Van Eyck, and others.

First of all, I would like to thank Bertrand Russell for inspiring me to read this book. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Books by Johan Huizinga. He gives a very interesting perspective on this era and region of history and he is nothing of not thought-provoking.

If you use an example work it out and compare to others not like Huizinga just adding up ten other examples on a single page from a period stretching over years. There were certainly some interesting topics on chivalry and the political process, for instance, as well as Leaders being accustomed to fighting rather waninv throwing the peasantry wainng battle.

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And he has harsh words for many of the writers he quotes so liberally. Next Post People Power: Beautifully written, and presented here in a new rendering that’s wahing closer to the original text than the standard English version of “The A classic look at the final flowering of medieval culture a world alien in so many ways, yet whose obsessions seem all-too-familiar.


I am merely a general reader of history, but I found this very dense book to be still thoroughly enjoyable. Scholastic thought, with symbolism and strong formalism, the thoroughly dualistic conception of life and the world still dominated. The ideal of chivalry tallies with the spirit of a primitive age, susceptible of gross delusion and little accessible to the midd,e of experience.

Redelijkerwijs was het wel cool. His most famous work is The Waning of the Middle Agespublished in trans.

That word, waningalmost makes me catch by breath. His history largely covered France and the Netherlands, and dealt with a variety of characteristics of the 14th and 15th centuries; topics such as chivalry, vows, love and romance, death, religious views, the power of symbols, the art and literature of the period, and much more. It proceeds to generalisations unhesitatingly on the strength of a single instance.

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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: And it occasionally happens that a period in which one had, hitherto, been mainly looking for the coming to birth of new things, suddenly reveals itself as an epoch of fading and decay. The triumph of the Renaissance was to consist in replacing this meticulous realism by breadth and simplicity. Aug 20, Alex rated it really liked it.

In particular, the constitution, jurisprudence, warfare, culture in the narrower sense had their origin in serious games. Huizinga believed that in the late 14th and early 15th century the Mediaval faith had become ritualistic and overly ripe.

Surely one reason this book is so popular among teachers and students is that it masterfully conveys a mood of this particular era, treading a fine line between familiarity and strangeness.

Britain, for example, was a very fractious country. For them it was a visible embodiment of the ancestors, of their family and its values and achievements. Hence the mind-boggling complexity of medieval theology which, over succeeding generations, set out huizinfa codify and order every conceivable thought anyone could possibly have about any aspect of Christian theology, the ceaseless multiplication of saints, feasts and festivals, religious orders, shrines, relics and so on.