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 importance of imagination and idealism in both reasoning as justification. To the world when it was half a thousand years younger, the outlines of all things seemed more clearly marked than to us. In the short autobiography that he composed in the last decade of his life, he tells of writing Waning when he was told that his academic job was in jeopardy if he could not come up with a significant publishable book.

The subtitle presents the correct focus: Future readers should read the comment section, which has more value than my current hrrruumphs! It is written and translated in a clear and concise manner from beginning to end. It’s a really lovely book, beautifully written, and Huizinga makes genuinely fantastic use of stories and anecdotes.

This is an indispensable wwaning for anyone who loves history, poetry, or art.

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

I later learned of similar horrors of the renaissance but was able to live in uhizinga own movie when I I found other anachronists and joined the SCA.

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.


My understanding of the study of history is to take many interpretations of learned historians into account and weigh them with the evidence. Account Options Sign in. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Anyone interested in plumbing the depths of th nature, yuizinga interested in the question of why people fight wars, create culture, etc.

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. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

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.

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: Ritual grew up in sacred play; poetry was born in play and nourished on play; music and dancing were pure play Being retired, I read for my own pleasure and not for research purposes. Honours and riches were relished with greater avidity and contrasted more vividly with surrounding misery. Moddle Read Edit View history. Dat het me zes maanden kostte zegt denk ik al veel.

Power devolved to competing cabals of nobles and France fell into anarchy. Huizinga shifted his interest towards historical studies however, with a particular emphasis wanng studies as a Cultural historian in line with the school established by Jacob Burckhardt.


On the ground all across Western Europe, peasants o town-dwellers, dismayed by this perplexing collapse of central authority, mainly experienced the Church via the immense corruption of an institution devoted to fleecing them with all kinds of religious taxes, penances and indulgences — one of the great themes of wanin literature of the age.

View all 3 comments. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Revised and illustrated edition by Contact Publishers, 40, copies sold of edition Themes: In his histroiograhical tour of middle ages scholarship, Norman F. It’s Dutch title was Herfsttij der Middeleeuwenwhich translates directly to The Autumn of the Middle Ages an evocative enough title, to be sure.

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. Everyday Life in Ancient Rome. The Waning of the Middle Ages J.

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