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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Just as interesting when I read it sixty years ago as now. Beautifully written, and presented here in a new rendering that’s far closer wwaning the original text than the standard English version of “The Waning of the Middle Ages”. The other thing I took from my first reading all those years ago was the comedy names of the rulers of Burgundy in this wanign.

I felt that the earlier chapters of this book aged better than the latter half or so. Power devolved to competing cabals of nobles and France fell into anarchy. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Popular European History pages at Age-of-the-Sage Several pages on our site, treating with huizinfa of nineteenth century European history, have been favored with some degree of popularity, rank highly in some search engines, and receive many visitors. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Both in form and in idea it is a product of the waning Middle Ages.

I found myself constantly having to re read sentences or paragraphs but it’s still a great read. View all 3 comments. He wrote about this in his In de schaduwen van morgen In the Shadow of Tomorrowa bestseller in Dutch and in many other agex. It starts out just great, but then gets less and less imformative.

Fascinatingly, we have the opinion of Michelangelo himself on Netherlandish art, recorded by Francesco de Holanda. The will-to-complexity explains the gorgeous edifice of Courtly Love which grew up intertwined with the complex ideas of Chivalry. It is a must have when traveling in Europe, but it is invaluable while reading other histories, as it carries so much of the layering of attitudes, behavior, invention of rules and manners. Lacking any modern understanding of human nature and social dynamics, medieval thinkers, artists and writers were astonishingly dim about the world around them.


Is this source a bit dated? The conception of chivalry constituted for these authors a midle of magic key, by the aid of which they explained to themselves the motives of wanign and of history. It discusses the problems besetting the West, from moral anarchy to artistic decadence. Of its middoe, the New York Times said, “Professor Huizinga has dressed his imposing and variegated assemblage of facts in the colorful garments characteristic of novels, and he parades them from his first huizknga to the last in a vivid style.

The Waning Of The Middle Ages

Honours and riches were relished with greater avidity and contrasted more vividly with surrounding misery. But these are precisely what Yhe like so much about the art of the northern renaissance. And for such a complete subversion of the fragile state of things, aged the most extreme form of punishment was suitable — something so terrible that it would terrify anyone who witnessed or heard huizknga it to go anywhere near this kind of transgressive behaviour.

This debatable but masterly study helped to make his name as a cultural philosopher. Now, viewed thus by the author, it would seem that this thesis is not amenable to simple demonstration by testimony of historical document.

This trio are often credited with introducing a new more realistic and sensual style into painting in the first half of the fifteenth century. Portrait of an Age. Don’t have a Kindle? Views Read Edit View history.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

Account Options Sign in. The Waning of the Middle Ages is likely to appear on anyone’s list of the ten best books ever written on medieval history, and a plausible argument would place it near the top [it’s one of the all-time best sellers on the subject] … But Huizinga stands alone and remote from the ongoing dialogues in medieval studies.

The Making of the Middle Ages. A World Lit Only by Fire: The importance of imagination and idealism in both reasoning as justification. He retired for the summer to his mother-in-law’s farm, sat there in the “hot attic” with some material from the fifteenth century, and wrote the book before the fall called him back to the university. After teaching in Haarlem and Amsterdam, he became professor of history at the University of Groningen in and at the Leiden University in The Waning of the Middle Ages.


The Crucifixion Triptych by Rogier van der Weyden c.

Special attention is paid to the economic forces that have shaped American history. Though it sometimes reminds one of Ortega’s Revolt of the Massesits less pertinent to our time than Ortega’s work since much of it is a criticism of Fascism. The preparation of these pages was greatly influenced by a particular “Philosophy of History” as suggested by this quote from the famous Essay “History” by Ralph Waldo Emerson: This goes to the heart of the nature of our Postmodernity: Revised and illustrated edition by Contact Publishers, 40, copies sold of edition.

A Manifesto Next review: To write of the waning of an era in European history, an era which lasted several centuries, or by some reckonings, a thousand years, and to render the subject of the narrative as the fading away of this immense span of time, of human endeavor, human art – of millions of lives slowly fading into an irrevocable past … well, I love the title.

I felt that the earlier chapters of this book aged better than the latter It’s difficult hujzinga balance the merits of this book against its faults. This is an edited version.

This is a really difficult book for me to review. And he has harsh words for many of the writers he quotes so liberally. Bought this by mistake thinking it was a book by Burckhardt, which was obviously pretty stupid as it clearly says Huizinga on the cover.

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: Refresh and try again. This explains wanimg, for example, when medieval artists paint Bible scenes and stories, the characters are always wearing medieval clothes. Johan Huizinga, who was later to become famous for his studies concerning the Waning of the Middle Ages, was born in Groningen in Feb 08, Amauri Caetano Campos rated it it was amazing.

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