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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Huizinga believed that in the late 14th and early 15th century the Mediaval faith had become ritualistic and overly ripe. 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.

Huizinga writes in his brief preface to the English edition, History has always been far more engrossed by problems of origins than by those of midddle and fall… in medieval history we have been searching so diligently for the origins of modern culture, that at times it would seem as though what we call the Middle Ages had been little more than the prelude to the Renaissance.

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 writes that Huizinga had no successors, and the approach he adopted has found no significant imitators. He did have a few ideas about modernity and agea that will seem outdated, and he can be fairly dismissive of the achievments of the period at times.

This book is a bit of a break from fhe. The above is a summary of just some of the many themes discussed in this brilliant book. 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 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The importance of imagination and idealism in both reasoning as justification. This leads to history that carries a strong bias and is of dubious usefulness.

Literary genres like history, chronicle, play, poetry, epic, lyric, satire and so on had been going for nearly 2, years. In addition, he was appointed editor agws the literary journal De Gids and chairman of the Division of Letters of the Royal Dutch Academy of the Sciences.


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.

That word, tnealmost makes me catch by breath. El cambio en la espiritualidad, las vivencias, el amor por lo grecolatino, Literature and painting are held to agez become increasingly unintelligible – poetry is represented as having maintained throughout history “a certain connection with rational expression To the world when it was wsning a thousand years younger, the outlines of all things seemed more clearly marked than to us.

In medieval hands every logical possibility within these genres had been explored and done to death. It is the speculative nature of Huzingia’s scholarship that is both the greatest strength and weakness of “Autumn”. In particular, the constitution, jurisprudence, warfare, culture in the narrower sense had their origin in serious games. Huizinga’s work later came under criticism, especially for relying too heavily on evidence from the rather exceptional case of the Burgundian court.

The Waning Of The Middle Ages

After teaching in Haarlem and Amsterdam, he became professor of history at the University of Groningen in and wnaing the Leiden University in Almost nobody did, and many rulers were instead paragons of greed, unpredictable rage and the most primitive rivalries and revenge. Following a group of these is in another spoiler the sometimes edited status that I submitted at that point in my read.

De anekdotes waren zo nu en dan zeer smakelijk; van het gebruik in de Middeleeuwen om doden nog even te make-uppen wanneer ze begraven werden tot omgangsvormen die tot een error leidden, het staat er bondig maar leuk in beschreven. Much of this was gratefully abandoned even by the Catholic Church in light of the great Reformation which came in the early 16th century. For Michelangelo all this has to be swept aside to make way for enormous, agea, simplified and epic gestures.

Views Read Edit View history. And for such a complete subversion of the fragile state of things, only the most extreme form of punishment was suitable — something so terrible that it would terrify anyone who witnessed or heard of it to go anywhere near this kind of transgressive behaviour. I think I would’ve gotten more out of it if I had read it while I was still in school because it referenced names and events that sounded familiar but that I couldn’t quite place.

Of the works of this mind history is the record. The equally long index however is very good. Yhe for the innovative aspect, I have studied authors who built upon the lessons made during this book, the distinctly different mindset of those in the past.


One of these called, “The Task of Cultural History,” argues that history should resurrect the past, and should give the reader a sense of what it was like to be alive during a particular period.

The abundant and detailed evidence collected and adduced throughout this volume, on the other hand, is by far the best part of this book — though is often surrounded by the aforementioned generalities.

Lacking any modern understanding of human nature and social dynamics, medieval thinkers, artists and writers were astonishingly dim about the world around them. This is an edited version.

And I think that’s a pretty problematic way of looking at things. 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. And he has harsh words for many of the writers he quotes so liberally.

The complexity of things is ignored by it in a truly astounding manner. You are commenting using your Twitter account. He died aged 35 inleaving the kingdom to his baby son who grew up to be the hapless and mentally unstable Henry VI.

But with that in mind, I think it’s absolutely still worth reading. It is the one political idea in the entire culture. Incredible edible Middle Ages, so close to our mentality in the extremes of violent and amorous expressions, prejudice, supersticions and swaying from one extreme to the nexr, and so far away from us historically.

In medieval art Roman martyrs and saints had worn medieval costume. With no effective medicine, anybody could fall ill at any time, or suffer a scratch or wound which became infected and they died.

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Of middlw author, 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 page to the last in a vivid style.

Profound pessimism spread a general gloom over life. For them it was a visible embodiment of the ancestors, of their family and its values and achievements.