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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Published May 22nd by Dover Publications first published Honours moddle riches were relished with greater avidity and contrasted more vividly with surrounding misery. 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.

View all 7 comments. First of all, I would like to thank Bertrand Russell for inspiring me to read this book. 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.

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I am a history major and I still could not immediately place every historical I could not finish this book, I just could not. 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 problem is that this is a book nearly a hundred years old in a style nearly incomprehensible for a contemporary reader. Opvallend is dat het vooral geconcentreerd is op het Bourgondisch hof en dan gebruikt Huizinga met name kroniekschrijvers uit die regio. Jul 17, Ivan rated it it was amazing. I think Cantor does Huzinga a disservice, ,iddle I found “Autumn” to be eye opening both for its adept analysis and its innovative method.


In other words, happiness is feared together with misfortune. I felt that the earlier chapters of this book aged better than the latter It’s difficult to balance the merits of this book against its faults.

Helpless old women or sassy young women who stepped out of line, or in fact had often done nothing at all, could quickly find themselves short-circuiting the anxiety of an entire culture, instantly blamed for every bad harvest, illness and death which had happened anywhere near them.

The book is an attempt to create a portrait of the age, specifically 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.

I am merely a general reader of history, but I found this very dense book to be still thoroughly enjoyable. 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.

He found Huizinga’s reflections on the evolution of Western culture from the Medieval mindset waninf that of the Renaissance an aid in understanding his own experience of the rise of Modernism and the roots of its rejection in the horror of the Great War World War I.

The Waning Of The Middle Ages

It’s difficult to balance the merits of this book against its faults. Now this scrupulous realism, this aspiration to render exactly all natural details, is the characteristic feature of the expiring Middle Ages. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

It proceeds to generalisations unhesitatingly on the strength of a single instance. His history largely covered France and the Netherlands, and dealt with a variety of characteristics of the 14th and 15th centuries; topics such as chivalry, vows, love and romance, death, religious views, the power of symbols, the art and literature of the period, and much more.


Finally, when his life was drawing to a close, and he was a prisoner of the Nazis, he collected his thoughts on this subject into a book called Homo Ludens: It’s a bit dated and it’s far from perfect but it’s a real intellectual stimulant and one of the few history books I can see myself reading multiple times just for enjoyment.

Soms vermoedde ik dat de letters in steen stond gebeiteld, zo moeilijk was het om er door heen te komen. But the thought is always prior to the fact; all the facts of history preexist in the mind as laws. He died aged 35 inleaving the kingdom to his baby son who grew up to be the hapless and mentally unstable Henry VI.

He anticipates the field of “Cultural Studies” in his blend of source materials and thematic chapter arrangement. Huizinga’s thesis is that by looking at the Middle Ages as a precursor to what followed economically, politically, artisticallywe miss the essence of the end of the Middle Ages, as the people then living saw their own time – and that this view deserves study for its own sake.

This is a really difficult book for me to review. The equally long index however is very good. Details Herfsttij der middeleeuwen Refresh and try again. It is the one political idea in the entire culture.

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

Saints multiply like rabbits until every day in the year was the Special Day of at least one saint if not several. The thesis was different from any history book I ever read and I was a medieval history major for a year and a half.

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