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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The Waning Of The Middle Ages

But in history, as in nature, birth and death are equally balanced. You might as well have asked me to review the bible or Shakespeare’s plays. In addition, he was appointed editor of the literary journal De Gids and chairman of the Division of Letters of the Royal Dutch Academy of the Sciences. Dat het me zes maanden kostte zegt denk ik al veel. Huizinga believed that in the late 14th and early 15th century the Mediaval faith had become ritualistic and overly ripe.

But all these forms and modes were on the wane. Todos estos cambios se fueron gestando poco a poco en etapas anteriores. The new translation by Rodney Payton and the late Ulrich Mammitzsch was based on the second edition of the Dutch publication in and compared with the German translation published in 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.

But for Huizinga what is entertaining is the vast gap between the theory of Christianity as pursued into endlessly remote corners of mental complexity — and the reality of a Church which was in a parlous state. 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.


The conception of chivalry constituted for these authors a sort of magic key, by the aid of which they explained to themselves the motives of politics and of history.

Jul 17, Ivan rated it it was amazing. That said, I also think that it’s kind of wrong. The Making of the Middle Ages. Johan Huizinga Snippet view – Countless women died in childbirth. Erasmus and the Age of Reformation. Literary agent Erven Huizinga Estate — J. Honours and riches were relished with greater avidity and contrasted more vividly with surrounding misery.

Just as interesting when I read it sixty years ago as now. Get to Know Us. It proceeds to generalisations unhesitatingly on the strength of a single instance. There are no discussion topics on this middl yet.

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.

References to this book Creativity: God has made the world as perfect as it can be. 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 This classic study of art, life, aegs thought in France and the Netherlands during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries ranks as one of the most perceptive analyses of the medieval period.

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

Following a group of these is in another spoiler the sometimes edited status that I submitted ates that point in my read. Beautifully written, and presented here in a new rendering that’s far closer to the original text than the standard English version of “The Waning of the Middle Ages”.


It’s an important book in that Huizinga fleshes out the mentality late medieval Burgundy on the brink of the Renaissance as shown through its chronicles, religious expression, art, poetry and emerging literature. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Ritual grew up in sacred play; poetry was born in play and nourished on play; music and dancing were pure play Map of the Duchy of Burgundy in the s The other thing I took from my first reading all those years ago was the comedy names of the rulers of Burgundy in this period: The Western world was ready for something new, i.

The abbreviated version, purportedly translated from the German edition and truncated because Huizinga believed that Americans wouldn’t understand the complete version, Be that as it may, I have read both this and the later complete translation from the Dutch and the important argument is here. Its liability to wrong judgements is extreme. A Manifesto Next review: Every event, every action, was still embodied in expressive and solemn forms, which raised them to the dignity of a ritual.

Johan Huizinga Cultural historian Waning of the Middle Ages

Millions died horribly in the repeated epidemics of plague which swept across the known world. The gothic principle prevailed in art.

It is confusing as hell and was the main reason why I quickly lost track of the point being made.