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.

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Medieval society had broadly two theories to explain the world: The Church in the Middle Ages tolerated many religious extravagances, provided they did not lead up to novelties of a revolutionary sort, in morals or in doctrine. The more complete text is called ‘The Autumn of the Middle Ages.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

God has made the world as perfect as it can be. This is a translation from a Dutch edition published inmade in by Payton and Hammitzsch. The lack of theory Maybe the most though-provoking idea in the book for me was this notion that, Chivalry was all they had to think about society with. Of course it is — it is nearly a hundred years old. Long after the Middle Ages the collections of princes contained works of art mixed up indiscriminately with knick-knacks made of shells and of hair, wax statues of celebrated dwarfs … Time the destroyer has made it easy for us to separate fo art huizonga all these geegaws and bizarre trappings … This separation … did not exist for the men of that time.

Huizinga deplores the modern tendency to write romanticized history and romanticized biography, to try to make history entertaining and amusing holding that “No literary effect in the world can compare to the pure, sober taste of history. Hence the mind-boggling complexity of medieval theology which, over succeeding generations, huizina out to codify and order every wankng thought anyone could possibly have about any aspect of Christian theology, the ceaseless multiplication of saints, feasts and festivals, religious orders, shrines, relics and so on.


However, one wonders if he manages more profound insights than more cautious and rigorous historians would achieve. He found Huizinga’s reflections on the evolution of Western culture from the Medieval mindset to 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. Johan Huizinga was a Dutch historian and one of the founders of modern cultural history.

Mid way through my cursory reading of European history I felt myself overwhelmed with names, dates and wars. The tide is turning, the tone of life is about to change. The chroniclers of the fifteenth century have, nearly all, been the dupes of an absolute misappreciation of their times, of which the middl moving forces escaped joan attention. midddle

Much of this was gratefully abandoned even by the Catholic Church in light of the great Reformation which came in the early 16th century. Inexactitude, credulity, levity, inconsistency, are common features of medieval reasoning. For it was not wanint the great facts of birth, marriage and death which, by the sacredness of the sacrament, were raised to the rank of mysteries; incidents of less importance, like a journey, a task, huizinva visit, were equally attended by a thousand formalities: Is this source a bit dated?

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View all 3 comments. Leave a comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here 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. It is confusing as hell and was the main reason why I wanign lost track of the point being made. Huizinga’s work later came under criticism, especially for relying too heavily on evidence from the rather exceptional case of the Burgundian court.

Huizinga’s views are very provocative but sometimes far-fetched. 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 translation from the Dutch and the important argument is here.


Redelijkerwijs was het wel cool.

I am a history major and I still could not immediately place every historical figure or reference Huizinga used and even if I could it is a style I truly detest. 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.

From to France was ruled by Charles VI who, inwent mad, without warning murdering four of his knights and nearly killing imddle brother. Kenneth I read this tthe because it’s the one I own in my personal library. This was a college book. Satan covers a gloomy earth with his somber wings.

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. It is not until the closing years of the [nineteenth] century that one sees poetry purposely steering its course away from reason.

For it was not merely the great facts of birth, marriage and death which, by the sacredness of the sacrament, were raised to the rank of mysteries; incidents of less importance, like a journey, a task, awning visit, were equally attended by a thousand formalities: He died aged 35 inleaving the kingdom to his baby son who grew up to be the hapless and mentally unstable Henry VI.

It’s an hiizinga 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.