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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Huizinga deplores the modern tendency to write romanticized history and romanticized biography, to try to make history entertaining and amusing holding that “No literary effect in the world can compare to the pure, sober taste of history. This book exposed the “vehement pathos “of medieval life. The Calamitous 14th Century. Burckhardtian in its attempt to capture the “mood” of the late middle ages, but based on a number of false premises primarily, that the Renaissance was in any way secular, and that it lacked continuity with the culture of the middle ages, which apparently decayed and actually went away entirely that add up to a distorted and unhistorical picture of the era.

Redelijkerwijs was het wel cool. I felt that the earlier chapters of this book aged better than the latter It’s difficult to balance the huizinya of this book against its faults. However, this book is also a great text on the culture history of the Late Middle Ages and the Duchy of Burgundy.

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

Calamities and indigence were more afflicting than at present; it was more difficult to guard against them, and to find solace. Imagination, both literary and artistic, had been led into a blind alley by allegory. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The book wih its lively and engaging narration style is an easy introduction to the history of the Middle Ages in the Latin Europe and an indispensable help for general understanding of the lack of malleability of the human nature.


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His explanation of the internal logic of this approach is fascinating enough — but it is riveting when he then goes on to draw out the connections between this mindset and the prevalence of proverbs which crystallise everyday behaviour into idealised patternsto the emblems and mottos chosen by aristocratic households, and their connection of all these with the complexity of heraldrywhich had a more-than-decorative purpose for the aristocracy which commissioned it.

He was educated there and in Leipzig, Germany. In Dutch there is a word perfect to describe my sentiment; woordenbrij; roughly translated as mess of words.

Much of this book is written not for the general reader, but for fellow Dutchmen and contemporaries. The importance of imagination and idealism in both reasoning as justification.

Honours and riches were relished with greater avidity and contrasted more vividly with surrounding misery. I am merely a general reader of history, but I found this very dense book to be still thoroughly enjoyable.

Each law in turn is made by circumstances predominant, and the limits of nature give power to but one at a time. Huizingaa consider American history beforeand they also look at modern society in general, including newspapers, movies and literature.

Bad governance, exactions, the cupidity and violence of the great, wars and brigandage, scarcity, misery and pestilence—to this is contemporary history nearly reduced in the eyes of the people.

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Future readers should read the comment section, which has more value than my current hrrruumphs! Huizinga believed that the boundary between what we call the Renaissance and the Middle Ages was porous, something that scholars today seem to accept for the most part.

That said, this was a revolutionary piece of work, and is justly famous and deserves a reading. The translators have added end notes to explain the more obscure cultural references, but they are END notes, so of little use during the reading.

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Johan Huizinga, who huizinta later to become famous for his studies concerning the Agse of the Middle Ages, was born in Groningen in Easily masters of their craft, so long as observation of reality is their guide, their mastery fails at once when imaginative creation of new motifs is called for. Want to Read saving…. 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.

Huzingia is a fore runner of later developments in social history, both in Fra In his histroiograhical tour of middle ages scholarship, Norman F.

The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga

Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century. In he achieved international renown with Herfsttij der Middeleeuwenin which he presented a dazzling panorama of the cultural history of France and the Netherlands in the age of the Dukes of Burgundy.

A Study of the Play-Element in Culture.