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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Redelijkerwijs was het wel cool. In he achieved international renown with Herfsttij middld Middeleeuwenin which he presented a dazzling wajing of the cultural history of France and the Netherlands in the age of the Dukes of Burgundy. Lacking any ability to genuinely understand the world or to change it, the medieval mind delighted in finding spurious patterns everywhere in the natural world, and in creating dizzying edifices of intellectual patterning to fill their otherwise empty heads.

Chivalry As to everything else people saw around them, the behaviour of human society, this could be summarised in the other major theory of the time, Chivalry.

The Waning Of The Middle Ages

Huizinga writes in his brief preface to wanign English edition, History has always been far more engrossed by problems of origins than by those of decline and fall… in medieval history we have been searching so diligently for the origins of modern culture, that at times it would seem as though what we call the Middle Ages had been little more than the prelude to the Renaissance.

The background of all life in the world seems black. Its liability to wrong judgements is extreme. The abundant and detailed evidence collected and adduced tue this volume, on the other hand, is by far the best part of this book — though is often surrounded by the aforementioned generalities. Huizinga nos acerca a esta realidad, con un estudio muy hkizinga. In a sense, this rendered him immune to changing fashion and imbued his work with a timeless and fresh appeal. The will-to-complexity explains the gorgeous edifice of Courtly Love which grew up intertwined with the complex ideas of Chivalry.

Tevens is het, door mijn sporadische leesgedrag van wainng boek, het mij ook niet echt gegeven om een goed overzicht te geven van dit boek. In order to escape an eternity of hellfire you had to devoutly follow Christian teaching. More insights into this “Philosophy of History” as recommended by Emerson, and the history pages so-prepared, are available to those sufficiently interested, from the links further down this page: Calamities and indigence were more afflicting than at present; it was more difficult to guard against them, and to find solace.


Michelangelo credits the technical achievement of the northerners but then criticises them for having too much petty detail and not enough of the grand sculptural simplicity which he, of course, achieved so spectacularly. The chroniclers of the fifteenth century have, nearly all, been the dupes of an absolute misappreciation of their times, of which the real moving forces escaped their attention.

There were a lot of quotes in the original form mainly French but also Italian, Latin, and some other languages and sometimes it got complicated constantly reading the footnotes but they This book took me way too long to read based on the length but that’s because it was so dense. The importance of imagination and idealism in both reasoning as justification.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

Illness and death presented a more striking contrast; the cold and darkness of winter were more real evils. You midsle commenting using your Twitter account.

Huizinga’s views are very provocative but sometimes far-fetched. This amounts to the notion that every idea is Real, has a precise definition and a place in an infinitely complex hierarchy, all underpinned by theology and, ultimately, God the Creator.

Helpless old women or sassy young women who stepped out of line, or in fact had often done nothing at all, could quickly find themselves short-circuiting the anxiety of an entire culture, instantly blamed for every bad harvest, illness and death which had happened anywhere near them.

Literary agent Erven Huizinga Estate — J. Johan Huizinga is the greatest of all Dutch cultural historians, whose fascination with the past speaks from every page of his work. It is the one political idea in the entire culture.

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One has to slow down to read and appreciate Huizina; at least I had to. Among other topics, the author examines the violent tenor of medieval life, the idea of chivalry, the conventions of love, religious life, the vision of death, the symbolism that pervaded medieval life, and aesthetic sentiment. But The Waning of the Middle Ages had been on my mind to read for some time view spoiler [ which is what I use in place of a reading wish list, the fallibility of human memory helps by winnowing down the near infinite possibilities of reading to something more humanly achievable hide spoiler ] so I surrendered to the serendipity.

A classic look at the final flowering of medieval culture a world alien in so many ways, yet whose obsessions seem all-too-familiar. Details Herfsttij der middeleeuwen Courier Corporation- History – pages. Being retired, I read for my own pleasure and not for …more I read this one because it’s the one I huiiznga in my personal library.

Jan 08, Elizabeth Smith rated agrs it was amazing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The two poles of the mind continued to be chivalry and hierarchy. Johan Huizinga, who was later to become famous for his studies concerning the Waning of the Middle Ages, was born in Groningen in In particular, the constitution, jurisprudence, warfare, culture in the narrower sense had their origin in serious games.


When men and women write of art, or create art, the writings and creations themselves are always thrusting towards the future, and a historian interested in their connection to the past must oftentimes do his analysis from the distant future, bringing his creative imagination into play to find the connections with a past that was not the concern mifdle the subjects being gaes.

Only by constructing a system of forms and rules for the vehement emotions can barbarity be escaped.

Countless children died pitifully young. Once again a threat to any part was a threat to the whole ornate edifice of belief which sustained everyone and so even midfle small threat prompted hysterical over-reaction. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man.

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, lov Spending time browsing through “Great Books” lists tends to turn up classics like this one, and since my knowledge of the Middle Ages was scant at best, I thought I’d give this older classic published in a try.

Everything had to be nailed down with a meaning and a place in what was aspiring to be the Total System.

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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.

It does not come from play By it’s very nature this kind of study is always going to be unsuccessful.

The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga

He quotes reams of poets and prose writers whose texts are long lists of wanibg angels or personified Virtues they encounter, and their entirely predictable attributes and oh-so leaden dialogue. The mentality of the declining Middle Ages often seems to us to display an incredible superficiality and feebleness. Apologies for the grumpy review — but I’ll let it stand.