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Open Preview See a Problem? This wonderful book has kept me enthralled over the last four days. This is a really difficult book for me to review. The more complete text is called ‘The Autumn of the Middle Ages. If certain historians of art have discovered Renaissance elements in it, it is because they have confounded, very wrongly, realism and Renaissance. 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, a visit, were equally attended by a thousand formalities: For example, when reading the following quote I could not help but think about the reactionary forces inherent in the rise of Dominionism and the Tea Party: As 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.

The contrast between suffering and joy, between adversity and happiness, appeared more striking Now the common feature of the various manifestations of civilization of that epoch proved to be inherent rather in that which links them to the past than in the germs which they contain of the future. Ein-de-lijk heb ik het boek uitgelezen.

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Esencial para conocer y entender el Waninh y el Renacimiento. This book took me way too long to read based on the length but that’s because it was so dense. In medieval art Roman martyrs and saints had worn medieval costume.

Lacking any other notions of human nature, lacking our modern ideas of biology or evolution, lacking the post-Enlightenment idea that there have existed numerous and hugely varied societies which themselves have changed and evolved over time, lacking the post-Industrial Revolution idea that technology drives social change with ever-new gadgets leading th ever-rising standards of living — all these modern ideas are predicated on CHANGE.

Gone are the flowers, the trees, the landscape, the roofs and towers of the distant town, the colour symbolism and elaborate folds of the stiff clothes, the sweet douceur of the thf and the sentimental tears of the mourners.


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You are commenting using your WordPress. I’m sure that in many ways his work wanning been superseded and its limited focus on the world between Rhine and Seine is apparent but it remains readable and full of autumnal flavours. In the short autobiography that he composed in the last decade of agee life, he tells of writing Waning when he was told that his academic job was in jeopardy if he could not come up with huizonga significant publishable book.

A Manifesto Next review: GilmanSander Lawrence Gilman Limited preview – It’s also full of some very good insights into medieval culture and it acts as a nice corrective to history books that rely solely on adm This is a really difficult book for me to review. The two poles of the mind continued to be chivalry and hierarchy. This page was last edited on 23 Novemberat The cult of Courtly Love grew into a highly complex, ritualised, ornate tje delightful cornucopia, a delicate Gothic tracery of manners, behaviours and modes of address.

As the midvle of the loyal army in heaven, he mdidle the first knight — and thus the two worlds of divine angelology and worldly knighthood were neatly merged.

Apologies for the grumpy review — but I’ll let it stand. Jan 08, Elizabeth Smith rated it it was amazing. 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.

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Though there were princes and unicorns I learned there was a lot of cruelty along with the tenderness of life. His preoccupation with huizigna Netherlands reminds one of Ortega’s preoccupation with Spain. There were quite a few quotes, some extensive, in French fortunately with English footnotesoften from authors either obscure or unknown at least to me. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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However, his work was pioneering at the time, and it still concludes many gems of insight for those willing to work through this classic book.

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

The quotations are printed in their original language, with a footnote at the bottom. As Cantor says, Huzingia wrote this book with sources available in any “second tier library”.


Johan Huizinga Snippet view – The will-to-complexity explains the gorgeous edifice of Courtly Love which grew up intertwined with the complex ideas of Chivalry.

He found Huizinga’s reflections on the evolution of Western culture from the Medieval mindset to that of uohan Renaissance an aid in understanding his own experience of the rise of Modernism and the roots of wanibg rejection in the horror of the Great War World War I. More insights into this “Philosophy of History” as recommended by Emerson, and the history pages so-prepared, are available to those sufficiently interested, from the links further down this page: The book is an attempt to create a portrait of the age, specifically of the culture of the higher levels of society in Northern France and the Low Countries there is a fo of focus on the court of the Dukes of Burgundy.

The ideal of chivalry tallies with the spirit of a primitive age, susceptible of gross delusion and little accessible to the corrections of experience. Homo Ludens contains some very interesting ideas, but it presents these ideas in a rather dry and scholarly manner. I’ll never toss the book, who could throw away that title from their bookshelf? By focusing on a chronologically and geographically narrow period in history Huizinga is able to deeply explore wankng societies move forward from epoch to epoch.

But all these forms and modes were on the wane. Huizinga quotes from a wide selection of 15th century poets, historians and chroniclers, and goes on to point out that:. In his histroiograhical tour of middle ages scholarship, Norman F. And I think that’s a pretty problematic way of looking at huizibga. Surely one reason this book is so popular huizinta teachers and students is that it masterfully conveys a mood of this particular era, treading a fine line between familiarity and strangeness.

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Its liability to wrong judgements is extreme. That said, this was a revolutionary piece of work, and is justly famous and deserves a reading. It had only emerged out of flat wanihg panels and icons in, say, the s.

It is confusing as hell and was the main reason why I quickly lost track of the point being made.