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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Opvallend is dat het vooral geconcentreerd is op het Bourgondisch hof en dan gebruikt Huizinga met name kroniekschrijvers uit die regio. Erasmus and the Age of Reformation. This is a really difficult book for me to review.

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 ,iddle have overgrown the ideas they were meant to convey. 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.

This leads to history that carries a strong bias and is of dubious usefulness. On the professional side, this gave rise to countless Rules for the different religious orders prescribing their waninng for every minute of the day. Notify me of new comments via email.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

Special attention is paid to the economic forces that have shaped American history. Herfsttij der middeleeuwen It is the same tendency which we encountered in all the fields of thought of the epoch, a sign of decline and not of rejuvenation. I am not nearly enough of a historian to rate this book as overall correct or incorrect. His broad outlook and interdisciplinary approach, his concern with intellectual history and his evocative style made him — despite his expressly conservative views — one of the most modern of Dutch historians.

Johan Huizinga Snippet view – There were quite a few quotes, some extensive, in French fortunately with English footnotesoften from authors either obscure or unknown at least to me.


Being retired, I read for my own pleasure and not for …more I read this one because it’s the one I own in my personal library. Bible chronology explains the entire history of the world right up to its apocalyptic end. Huizinga describes how medieval ates often found expression in rituals and external forms.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

aged Two theories Medieval society had broadly two theories to explain the world: From until his death in Johan Huizinga was held in detention by the Nazis. It analyzes the nature of both the plastic arts and the literary, religion and symbolism, chivalry and politics, and love and pessimism to the Medieval mind.

Severely dated, conceptually stunted, and deeply methodologically flawed.

The focus is not on philosophy and religion, though on the ideals that lay on the surface: Mid way through my cursory reading of European history I felt myself overwhelmed with names, dates and wars. For example, when reading the following quote I could not help but think about the reactionary forces inherent in the rise of Dominionism and the Tea Party: Open Preview See a Problem?

The Waning Of The Middle Ages

It’s hard not to think of Foucault as one meanders through three hundred pages of tossed off analysis if how people thought about allegories five hundred years ago in northern france. I found it similarly interesting for my own experience of the transition from the Late Modernism of my childhood to the early Postmodernism of my First of all, I would like to thank Bertrand Russell for inspiring me to read this book.

If this period of history interests you, Huizinga will give you much to consider. God has made the world as perfect as it can be.

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?

The cause of the war was simple: Christian teaching is all you need to live well and proceed to Heaven. A Manifesto Next review: Future readers should read the comment section, which has more value than my current hrrruumphs! 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. 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 medieval intellectual system had systematised everything and all that was left was repetition without invention. Thus Huizinga points out that whereas there had been erotic literature for thousands of years, there was little or no genuinely sensual erotic imagery.

Chivalry as psychological protection Chivalry was a kind of mass wish-fulfilment, the casting of all human behaviour into stereotyped and idealised patterns, which had tremendous psychological importance for all educated people of the time and many of the commoners.

I’d experience life as a fairy-story of young love like Maid Marian and Robin with dreams of living in the woods. Europe was almost continually at war. This book will take the same place as did Dante’s work, I acknowledge the importance of it and the impact but I can’t appreciate the original.

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. The same went for heretics, for anyone who dissented from the crushing orthodoxy of the Catholic Church.

Michelangelo credits the technical achievement of the northerners but then criticises them for having too much petty detail and not enough of the grand sculptural simplicity which he, of course, achieved so spectacularly. Literary agent Erven Huizinga Estate — J. This was a college book. The Middle Ages are also discusses in middlle collection of essays Men and Ideas. No science, no medicine, no economics, no political science, no sociology or linguistics or anthropology, no hard or social sciences at all.