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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. 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. 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.

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Notify me of new comments via email. Reading it again was like meeting up with an old friend. Middls Manifesto Next review: Over year I’ve bought this book four times.

Beautifully written, and presented here in a new rendering that’s far closer to the original text than the standard Agea 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.

He gives a very interesting perspective on this era and region of history and he is nothing of not thought-provoking. Portrait of an Age. Of the works of this mind history is the record. Satan covers a gloomy earth with his huizniga wings.

Bought this thr mistake thinking it was a book by Burckhardt, which was obviously pretty stupid as it clearly says Huizinga on the cover. Their world is made up of a dizzying array of vertical hierarchies of meaning.

Ritual grew up in sacred play; poetry was born in play and nourished on play; music and dancing were pure play It is, however, an interesting, brief and readable book, it argues that that modern education and the mass media both have harmful effects on culture: 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.

In his histroiograhical tour of middle ages scholarship, Norman F. And countless millions lived in villages or towns where any day, out of the blue, soldiers in armour arrived and started killing, raping and burning everything, for reasons concocted in the faraway courts of London or Paris or Dijon, and which the victims would never hear about or understand. It is the speculative nature of Huzingia’s scholarship that is both the greatest strength and weakness of “Autumn”.


It proceeds to generalisations unhesitatingly on the strength of a single instance. This is an edited version. 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. This is not really a “read on the go” type of book.

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Every event, every action, was still embodied in expressive and solemn forms, which raised them to the dignity of a ritual. This trio are often credited with introducing a new more realistic and sensual style into painting in the first half of the fifteenth century.

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. Now this scrupulous realism, this aspiration to render exactly all natural off, is the characteristic feature of the expiring Middle Ages. No wonder the Duchy of Burgundy, located away from England in the East, was able to rise to ghe power, by allying or at least declaring peace with England, and protecting the trading wealth of its coastal ports in what is now Holland.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. 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. His most famous work is The Waning of the Middle Agespublished in trans. 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.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

Long regarded as a landmark of historical scholarship, The Waning of the Middle Ages is also a remarkable work of literature. But the medieval mind not only had no theories of social change, their political ideas — such as they were — forbade social change of any kind, because Society — along with its ranks and positions — had been laid down for all time by God.

And not just blamed a little, but immediately transformed into omnipotently evil associates of Satan and his demons, complete with magic spells and malevolent familiars.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. 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. This explains why forms, patterns, orders, ranks and definitions ramified all over medieval society like weeds.


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The Waning Of The Middle Ages

Huizinga describes how medieval piety often found expression in rituals and external forms. In order to escape an eternity of hellfire you had to devoutly follow Christian teaching.

Get to Know Us. I’m sure that in many ways his work has been superseded and its limited focus on the world between Rhine and Seine is apparent but it remains readable and full jiddle autumnal flavours.

Bought it many years ago. Instead the focus is very much on the kingdoms of France and especially the Duchy of Burgundy, and mostly during the 15th century. For a threat to any part of the fixed and repressive structures of medieval society was a threat to ALL of it and therefore a threat to the entire mental and psychological paraphernalia which was all these people had to stave off bottomless fear and anxiety.

He saw the period as one of pessimism, cultural exhaustion, and nostalgia, rather than of rebirth and optimism. However, this book is also a great text on the culture history of the Late Middle Ages and the Duchy of Burgundy. I suppose I feel ahes relevant topics to be more useful at this point in my life. Why read this text?

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

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.

His thesis is basically that the literature and art of the ages reveals that a culture in decay, ripened to the point where its cultural “forms” an idea he never defines exactly have overgrown the ideas they were meant to convey. Permanent war Europe was almost continually at war. Britain, for example, was a very fractious country. Interest waxed and waned elsewhere.