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. Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Huizinga, ioned. 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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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. De anekdotes waren zo nu en dan zeer smakelijk; van het gebruik in de Huzinga om doden nog even te make-uppen wanneer ze begraven werden tot omgangsvormen die tot een error leidden, het staat er bondig maar leuk in beschreven.

Beautifully written, and presented here in a new rendering that’s far 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. 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 hjizinga consummation of the old.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

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 ghe their rituals had to be carried out.

I felt that the earlier chapters of this book aged better than the latter It’s difficult to balance the merits of this book against its faults. The ideal of chivalry tallies with the spirit of a primitive age, susceptible of gross delusion and little accessible to the corrections of experience. Instead the focus is very much on the kingdoms of France and especially the Duchy of Burgundy, and mostly during the 15th century.

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The Waning of the Middle Ages

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.

This was a college book. It is the same tendency which we encountered in all the fields of thought of the epoch, a sign of decline and not of rejuvenation. This product has limited availability outside the US.

Medieval society had broadly two theories to explain the world: That same year his critical biography of the great humanist Erasmus appeared, in English as well as in Dutch.

Not that this is a dull journey of discovery, much of the exploration wanint through anecdote: Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century. Agges by constructing a system of forms and rules for the vehement emotions can barbarity be escaped. In an essay called, “The Aesthetic Element in Historical Thought,” Huizinga declares that he has “faith in the importance of the aesthetic element in historical thinking,” and that he opposes the idea that history should attempt to be scientific.

Johan Huizinga is the greatest of all Dutch cultural historians, whose fascination with the past speaks from every page of his work. A man is the whole encyclopaedia of facts. I later learned of similar horrors of the renaissance but was able to live in my own movie when I I found other anachronists and joined the SCA.

It’s also full of some very good insights into medieval culture and it acts as a nice corrective to history books that rely solely on administrative, legal, and economic documentation. I found it similarly interesting for my own experience of the transition from the Late Modernism of my childhood to the early Postmodernism of my First of all, I would like to thank Bertrand Tthe for inspiring me to read this book.

Thus, quite as much as the book was, in its inception and writing, not the typical heavily researched academic study, it is a work of the historical imagination. He anticipates the field of “Cultural Studies” in his blend of source materials and thematic chapter arrangement. This is not really a “read on the go” type of johah. The triumph of the Renaissance was to consist in replacing this meticulous realism by breadth and simplicity.


But Huizinga’s voice is lively and engaging. The importance of imagination and idealism midele both reasoning as justification. You are commenting using your WordPress. Now aages scrupulous realism, this aspiration to render exactly lf natural details, is the characteristic feature of the expiring Middle Ages.

All references are to the Penguin paperback edition as reprinted in But that effect is largely lost because of the abundance of examples, most of which are peppered with quotes from the old French. 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. Following a group of these is in another spoiler the sometimes edited status that I submitted at that point in my read.

Jul 05, Shira rated it it was ok. Literary agent Erven Huizinga Estate — J.

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. Everyone was badly stressed by this appalling plight. Satan covers a jojan earth with his somber wings.

The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga

Most of the authors of the fifteenth century are singularly prolix. Decadent, nostalgic and beautiful. Huizinga is discussing more than play, he is discussing huiinga 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.