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. Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Huizinga, ioned. 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.

Author: Daitaxe Tot
Country: Trinidad & Tobago
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Travel
Published (Last): 16 September 2017
Pages: 54
PDF File Size: 10.52 Mb
ePub File Size: 8.35 Mb
ISBN: 848-4-40573-949-3
Downloads: 19429
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Zutaxe

History books about the Middle Ages books books. This book will take the same place as did Dante’s work, I acknowledge wanihg importance of it and the impact but I can’t appreciate the original.

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

Revised and illustrated edition by Contact Publishers, 40, copies sold of edition. 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 decline 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.

Huizinga describes how medieval piety often found expression in rituals and external forms. It is not until the closing years of the [nineteenth] century that one sees poetry purposely steering its course away from reason.

The Waning of the Middle Ages is likely to appear on agrs 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 kiddle dialogues in medieval studies.

Like so much medieval reasoning, it has a sweet and childish flavour. Power devolved to competing cabals of nobles and France fell into anarchy.

The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga

It is only towards the end of what feels like a long, dense account of the culture of the late Middle 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. For them it was a visible embodiment of the ancestors, of their family and its values and achievements. Opvallend is dat het vooral geconcentreerd is op het Bourgondisch hof en dan gebruikt Huizinga met name kroniekschrijvers uit die regio.


The Waning of the Middle Ages J.

The cause of the war was simple: But with that in mind, I think it’s absolutely still worth reading. It’s Dutch title was Herfsttij der Middeleeuwenwhich translates directly to The Autumn of the Middle Ages an evocative enough title, to be sure. Burckhardtian in its attempt to capture the “mood” of huizinfa late middle ages, but based on a number of false premises primarily, that the Renaissance was in any way secular, and that it lacked hhuizinga with the culture of the middle ages, which apparently decayed and actually went away entirely that add up to a distorted and unhistorical picture of the era.

Even after so long, this is a key book for examining Western Europe between the Black Death and the Reformation. Huizinga’s views are very provocative but sometimes far-fetched. Todos estos cambios se fueron gestando poco a poco en etapas anteriores.

I found I had to focus on reading pages a night for a couple of weeks. wanlng

Is this source a bit dated? Without hurry, without rest, the human spirit goes forth from the beginning to embody every faculty, every thought, every emotion, which belongs to it in appropriate events.

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.

Among other topics, the author examines the violent tenor of medieval life, the idea of chivalry, the conventions of love, religious life, the vision of death, the symbolism that pervaded medieval life, and aesthetic sentiment.


The peasant majority existed solely to produce the food eaten by the myriad employees of the Church, and by the aristocracy and the king. Apologies for the grumpy review — but I’ll let it stand. 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. No science, no medicine, no economics, no political science, no sociology or linguistics or anthropology, no hard or social sciences at all.

To write of the waning of an era in European history, an era which lasted several centuries, or by some reckonings, a thousand years, and to render the subject of the narrative as the fading away of this immense span of time, of human endeavor, human art – of millions of lives slowly fading into an irrevocable past … well, I love the title. Huizinga quotes from a wide selection of 15th century poets, historians and chroniclers, and goes on to point out that: Once again a threat to any part was a threat to the whole ornate edifice of belief which sustained everyone and so even a small threat prompted hysterical over-reaction.

But that effect is largely lost because of the abundance of examples, most of which are peppered with quotes from the old French.

Inexactitude, credulity, levity, inconsistency, are common features of medieval reasoning. This is an edited version.

It’s hard not to think of Foucault as one meanders through three hundred pages of tossed off hhizinga if how people thought about allegories five hundred years ago in northern france.