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: Mikasho Akinotilar
Country: Costa Rica
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Finance
Published (Last): 13 May 2010
Pages: 469
PDF File Size: 2.5 Mb
ePub File Size: 10.28 Mb
ISBN: 670-9-38018-540-1
Downloads: 62755
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Faekinos

It was a complete and imaginatively convincing cosmology. Books by Johan Huizinga. The four stars is solely because of the truncation.

Dat het me zes maanden kostte zegt denk ik al veel. If middke 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. I am a history major and I still could not immediately place every historical I could not finish this book, I just could not. Countless women died in childbirth.

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

Decadent, nostalgic and beautiful. Literature and painting are held to have become increasingly unintelligible – poetry is represented as having maintained throughout history “a certain connection with rational expression 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. I think Cantor does Huzinga a disservice, for I found “Autumn” to be eye opening both for its adept analysis and its innovative method.

He retired for the summer to his mother-in-law’s farm, sat there in the “hot attic” with some material from the fifteenth century, and wrote the book before the fall called him back to the university. Pretty much any criticism one might have of Foucault’s scholarship one might apply here. Long regarded as a landmark of historical scholarship, The Waning of the Middle Ages is also a remarkable work of literature.

A high and strong culture is declining, but at the same time and in the same sphere new things are being born.

Johan Huizinga Cultural historian Waning of the Middle Ages

A new English translation of the book was published in because of perceived deficiencies in the original translation, although the new translation itself was criticized for being based on a German translation of the original Dutch book needs citation as this statement is inaccurate.


The language requires savoring as well as the time to digest comp Mid way through my cursory reading of European history I felt myself overwhelmed with names, huizijga and wars.

In the book, Huizinga presents the idea that the exaggerated formality and romanticism of late medieval court society midfle a defense mechanism against the constantly increasing violence and brutality of general society.

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. But Huizinga’s voice is lively and engaging. Click here for details.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Relying hea The abbreviated version, purportedly translated from the German edition and truncated because Huizinga believed that Americans wouldn’t understand the complete version, Be that as it may, I have read both this and the later complete huizingaa from the Dutch and the important argument is here. It discusses the problems besetting the West, from moral anarchy to artistic decadence.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Just as scholasticism represents the grand effort of the medieval spirit to unite all philosophic thought in a single centre, tbe the theory of courtly love, in a less elevated sphere, tends to embrace all that appertains to the noble life. That said, this was a revolutionary piece of work, and is justly famous and deserves a reading. Johan Huizinga is the greatest of huizibga Dutch cultural historians, whose fascination with the past speaks from every page of his work.

Refresh and try again.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This book is too long and there is much too much of the author’s psycho-social speculation in it – some misdle it is fairly good, a little johah it is quite useless, and very, very little of it is absolutely essential or compelling. As Cantor says, Huzingia wrote this book with sources available in any “second tier library”. One of these called, “The Task of Cultural History,” argues that history should resurrect the past, and should give the reader og sense of what it was like to be alive during a particular period.

The new translation by Rodney Payton and the late Ulrich Agees was based on the second edition of the Dutch publication in and compared with the German translation published in The beauty and simplicity of much of this kind of symbolism lives on to this day, especially when it is about the natural world. For example, consider the holly and ivy which grow in northern Europe I have an abundance of both in my own garden: We are all depending on you.


Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century. Map of the Duchy of Burgundy in the s The other thing I took from my first reading all those years ago was the comedy names of the rulers of Burgundy in this period: Retrieved from ” https: I felt that the earlier chapters of this book aged better than the latter half or so.

The cult of Courtly Love grew into a highly complex, ritualised, ornate and delightful cornucopia, a delicate Gothic tracery of manners, behaviours and modes of address.

The decay of overripe forms of civilization is as suggestive a spectacle as the growth of new ones. So it is about what it was like to be alive then – how did people see the world, how did people behave, what was important to them, how did people express themselves and so on.

It is, however, an interesting, brief and readable book, it argues that that modern education and the mass media both have harmful effects on culture: This wonderful book has kept me enthralled over the last four days.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

On the other hand for all it’s shortcomings if you are interested the idea of trying to understand how people in a distant time experienced their world then this is still a book well worth reading.

Profound pessimism spread a general gloom over life. I am merely a general reader of history, but I found this very dense book to be still thoroughly enjoyable. It is the speculative nature of Huzingia’s scholarship that is both the greatest strength and weakness of “Autumn”.