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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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. Special attention is paid to the economic forces that have shaped American history. For the earlier half of the century the English were in a state of permanent war with the kingdom of France, the latter stages of the thf Hundred Years War.

Much of this book is written not for the general reader, but for fellow Dutchmen and contemporaries. There were certainly some interesting topics on chivalry and the political process, for instance, as well as Leaders being accustomed to fighting rather than throwing the peasantry into battle.

Details Herfsttij der middeleeuwen All experience had yet to the minds of men the directness and absoluteness of the pleasure and pain of child-life. Het gaat over het algemeen over de overgang van de Middeleeuwen naar de Renaissance, vooral in de Bourgondische landen en Nederland.

The problem is that this is a book nearly a hundred years old in a style waming incomprehensible for a contemporary reader. Beautifully written, and presented here in a new rendering that’s huisinga 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.

This is one of the first books that I ever read concerning medieval history, and it had quite a big impact on me, so Autumn of the Middle Ages is always going to have a special place in my heart.

And for such a complete subversion of the fragile state of things, only the most extreme form of punishment was suitable — something huizings terrible that it would terrify anyone who witnessed or heard of it to go anywhere near this kind of transgressive behaviour. Without hurry, without rest, the human spirit goes forth from the beginning to embody every faculty, every thought, every emotion, which belongs to it in appropriate events.


Like so much medieval reasoning, it has a sweet and childish flavour. Erasmus and the Age of Reformation. He gives a very interesting perspective on this era and region of history and he is nothing of not thought-provoking.

But that effect is largely lost because of the abundance of examples, most of which are peppered hhizinga quotes from the old French. 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.

Redelijkerwijs was het wel cool.

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

Even after so long, this is a key book for examining Western Europe between the Black Death and the Reformation. Its liability to wrong judgements is extreme. 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.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Also many references to Roman de la Rose. The Waning of the Middle Ages: His own religious beliefs and artistic preferences, though never stated, seem to exert a strong influence on his readings of the historical milieu. Now, viewed thus by the author, it would seem that this thesis is not amenable to simple demonstration by testimony of historical document. On the other hand for all it’s shortcomings if you are interested the idea of trying to understand how people in a distant time experienced their world then this is still a book well worth reading.

Thus every day was marked out and divided, for the ever-growing number of religious orders of monks and nuns and so on, by precise hours at which their rituals had to be carried out. Though there were princes and unicorns I learned there was a lot of cruelty along with the tenderness of life. Huizinga is always exciting in his passion, depth, and sensitivity. 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.


No trivia or quizzes yet. A familiarity with the Middle Ages may have helped me to grasp the plentiful content of this book more firmly, but I felt it was still a very good introduction to the period.

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The Waning Of The Middle Ages

Their world is made up of a dizzying array of vertical hierarchies of meaning. The Western world was ready for something new, i. To the world when it was half a thousand years younger, the outlines of all things seemed more clearly marked than to us. I’d experience life as a fairy-story of young love like Maid Marian and Robin with dreams of living in the woods. Permanent war Europe was almost continually at war.

Return to Book Page. Honours and riches were relished with greater avidity and contrasted more vividly with surrounding misery. Christian teaching is all you need to live well and proceed to Heaven. It’s difficult to balance the merits of this book against its faults. There is obviously a fundamental difference between written literature and painting. Huizinga takes a critical look The true study of history involves our imagination and conjures up conceptions, pictures, visions.

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Numerology played a large role in all this, numbers conveying a potent magic power, especially if they invoked any of the myriad numbers from Holy Scripture: This leads to history that carries a strong bias and is of dubious usefulness. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Because the best clothes, food, living quarters, art and lifestyle were — self-evidently — restricted to the most noble, virtuous, dignified and deserving in society — the aristocracy and the court.