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. 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. 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.

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The medieval intellectual system had systematised everything and all that was left was repetition without invention. That same year his ayes biography of the great humanist Erasmus appeared, in English as well as in Dutch. He quotes reams of poets and prose writers whose texts are long lists of the angels or personified Virtues they encounter, and their entirely predictable attributes and oh-so leaden dialogue.

The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga

Relying heavily on art and especially poetry this is social history. Britain, for example, was a very fractious country.

Revised and illustrated edition by Contact Publishers, 40, copies sold of edition Themes: View all 7 comments. There middlf a lot of quotes in the original form mainly French but also Italian, Latin, and some other languages and sometimes it got complicated constantly reading the footnotes but they were useful. 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.

Read, highlight, middlle take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Next Post People Power: Anyone interested in plumbing the depths of human nature, anyone interested in the question of why people fight wars, create culture, etc. As Mixdle says, Huzingia wrote this book with sources available in any “second tier library”. This amounts to the notion that every idea is Real, has a precise definition and a place in an infinitely complex hierarchy, all underpinned by theology and, ultimately, God the Creator.


For example, consider the holly and ivy which aegs in northern Europe I have an abundance of both in my own garden: Um ano depois, o fim!!! And he has harsh words for many of the writers he quotes so liberally. There were certainly some interesting topics on chivalry and the political process, for instance, as well as Leaders being accustomed to fighting rather than throwing the peasantry into battle.

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It is the speculative nature of Huzingia’s scholarship that is both the greatest strength and weakness of “Autumn”. 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.

A high and strong culture is declining, but at the same time and in the same sphere new things are being born. 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. A Manifesto Next review: Are we a rejection of Modernism and a return to the emotive or are we an evolution in perspective that will retain and build on the logic and lessons of the Enlightenment and its aftermath?

In a sense, this rendered him immune to changing fashion and imbued his work with a timeless and fresh appeal. No eBook available Amazon. Surely one reason this book is so popular among teachers and students is that it masterfully conveys a mood wxning this particular era, treading a fine line between familiarity and strangeness.

Literature and painting are held to have become increasingly unintelligible – poetry is represented as rhe maintained throughout history “a certain connection with rational expression Huizinga takes a critical look I prefer reading something else then just keep on reading without truly grasping what is being said. The more complete text is called ‘The Autumn of the Middle Ages.


References to this book Creativity: This book changed my view on the Middle Ages. It is only towards the end of what feels like a long, dense account of the culture of the late Mjddle Ages, that Huizinga finally arrives at the subject which, apparently, triggered it — a consideration of the art of van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden and their contemporaries. Huizinga is discussing more than play, he is discussing human nature, the fundamental drives within human nature – “The spirit of playful competition is, as a social impulse, older than culture itself midd,e pervades all life like a veritable ferment.

It had only emerged out of flat devotional panels and icons in, say, the s. Facts and anecdotes were nicely balanced with deeper philosophical passages.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

There was still a great deal of scope for individuals to compose and arrange even the most hackneyed of subjects — the Annunciation, the Crucifixion etc. The chroniclers of the fifteenth century have, nearly all, been the dupes of an absolute misappreciation of their times, of which the real moving forces escaped their attention.

Product Description Product Details This classic study of art, life, and thought in France and the Netherlands during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries ranks as one of the most perceptive analyses of the medieval period.

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