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. 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. 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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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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. A brilliantly creative work that established the reputation of Dutch historian John Huizingathe book argues that the era of diminishing chivalry reflected the spirit of an age and that its figures and events were neither a prelude to the Renaissance nor harbingers of a coming culture, but a consummation of the old.

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.

We view the late Middle Ages through the psychology and thought of artists, theologians, poets, court chroniclers, princes, and statesmen of the period, witnessing the splendor and simplicity of medieval life, its courtesy and cruelty, its idyllic vision of life, despair and mysticism, religious, artistic, and practical life, and much more.

Long regarded as a landmark of historical scholarship, The Waning of the Middle Ages is also a remarkable work of literature. Of its 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.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page thw of 1. A Study of the Play-Element in Culture. The Calamitous 14th Century. The Making of the Middle Ages. A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age. Life in a Medieval City. English translation Original Language: Dover Publications May 22, Language: Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Just as interesting when I read it sixty years ago as now. A good reminder that sometimes original thought remains original over time.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Over year I’ve bought this book four times. The book is great, but what does this say about me. I read parts of it in college. Reading it zges was like meeting up with an old friend.

I read Huizingas literary and historical masterpiece years ago, and have a worn out paperback copy which I adore. On impulse I purchased it for my kindle which is essentially crowded with thrillers and detective fiction for travel.

I enjoy the tne that I can flip open the book and read some of my favourite lines. One person found this helpful. I bought this because I wore my previous copy out.

It is a must have when traveling in Europe, but wanig is invaluable while reading other histories, as it carries so much of the layering of attitudes, behavior, invention of rules and manners. Anyone who loves history will love this book.

It is written and translated in a clear and concise manner from beginning to end. This is important to me, as I find that many books of this type will kind of peter out at the end, as if the author tired of the subject. Midvle best example of this is a book which should be fascinating from beginning hte end, “Life in a World Lit Only by Fire”.


It starts out just great, but then gets less and less imformative. You have asked me to review a classic.

You might as well have asked me to review the bible or Shakespeare’s plays.

I purchased this book because I was unable to locate the volume that I keep in my personal library. I first read this book inwhen it was assigned as a part of a course in the “Renaissance and Reformation” that I took while I was an undergraduate at Princeton. Huizinga’s “The Waning of the Middle Ages” replaces the idea that the Middle Ages ended with a door slam, with evidence that its ending was gradual and traceable. The book is a necessary component in the library of every scholar of history.

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