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 Greek gods have large wings outside their ermine mantles… Saturn devouring his children, Midas awarding the prize, are simply ridiculous and devoid of all charm… we have come to the limit of the creative faculty of these artists. Huzingia is a fore runner of later developments in social history, both in France and the United States. 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.

Age insights into this “Philosophy of History” as recommended by Emerson, and the history pages so-prepared, are available to those sufficiently interested, from the links further down this page: But in history, as in nature, birth and death are equally qges. Tevens is het, door mijn sporadische leesgedrag van dit boek, het mij ook niet echt gegeven om een goed overzicht te geven van dit boek.

We, at the present day, can hardly understand the keenness with which a fur coat, a good fire on the hearth, a soft bed, a glass of wine, were formerly enjoyed.

If you use an example work it out and compare to others not like Huizinga just adding up ten other examples on a single page from a period stretching over years. Epoch after epoch, camp, kingdom, empire, republic, democracy, are merely the application of his manifold spirit to the manifold world.

The background of all life in the world seems black. For instance, when reflecting on the pessimism of its poets Huizinga states “Happy are the bachelors, for a man who has an evil wife has a bad time of it, and he who has a good one always fears to lose her. A Firing Offense Pelecanos: That same year his critical biography of the great humanist Erasmus appeared, in English as well as in Dutch. From then on, he was also considered a cultural critic.

The Waning Of The Middle Ages

Leave a comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here If certain historians of art have discovered Renaissance elements in it, it is because they have confounded, very wrongly, realism and Renaissance.


Huizinga presents northern Europe of the later Middle Ages as a dying, ossifying society that’s wasting away because it’s elaborate culture of symbolism had used itself up. The Creation of Man by Michelangelo Power devolved to competing cabals of nobles and France fell into anarchy. This is one of the first books that I ever read concerning medieval history, and it had quite a big impact on me, so Autumn of the Middle Ages is always going to have a special place in my heart.

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

Just as scholasticism represents the grand effort of the medieval spirit to unite all philosophic thought in a single centre, so the theory of courtly love, aegs a less elevated sphere, tends to embrace all that appertains to the noble life. This work, which is celebrated for its excellent literary quality and historical penetration, focuses on the 14th and 15th centuries in France and the Low Countries as exemplifying the last phase of the Middle Ages and discusses many aspects of medieval life: The Church in the Middle Ages tolerated many religious extravagances, provided they did not lead up to novelties of a revolutionary sort, in morals or in doctrine.

Gone are the flowers, the trees, the landscape, the roofs and towers of the distant town, the colour symbolism and elaborate folds of the huisinga clothes, the sweet douceur of the faces and the sentimental tears of the mourners.

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 For them it was a visible embodiment of the ancestors, of their family and its values and achievements.

But The Waning of the Middle Ages had been on my mind to read for some time view spoiler [ which is what I use in place of a reading wish list, the fallibility of human memory helps by winnowing down the near infinite possibilities of reading to something more humanly achievable hide spoiler ] so I surrendered to the serendipity.

The beauty and simplicity of much of this kind of symbolism lives on to this day, especially when it is about the natural world.

Being retired, I read for my own pleasure and not for research purposes. His initial academic training was as a linguist – he studied Dutch language and literature in Groningen from until when he wrote his doctoral dissertation under the supervision of the classical scholar J.


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It does not come from play The contrast between suffering and joy, between adversity and happiness, appeared more striking 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 and cruelty, its idyllic vision of life, despair and mysticism, religious, artistic, and practical life, and much more.

The two poles of the mind continued to be chivalry and hierarchy. 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.

But he believed that he could detect disturbing developments even in his own west European cultural environment: 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 ,iddle, its courtesy and cruelty, its idyllic vision of life, despair and mysticism, religious, artistic, and huiziinga life, and much more.

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Dat het me zes maanden kostte zegt denk ik al veel. This book is heavy treading. The book is an attempt to create a portrait of the age, thr 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. The language requires savoring midde well as the time to digest complex thoughts.

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Huizinga shifted his interest towards historical studies however, with a particular emphasis on studies as a Cultural historian in line with the school established by Jacob Burckhardt. Of the works of this mind history is the record. Interest waxed and waned elsewhere. 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 age and that its figures and events were neither a prelude to the Renaissance nor harbingers of a coming culture, but a consummation of the old.