The Waning of the Middle Ages: A Study of the Forms of Life, Thought, and Art in France and the Netherlands in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries

The Waning of the Middle Ages: A Study of the Forms of Life, Thought, and Art in France and the Netherlands in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries

by Johan Huizinga
     
 

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 and cruelty; its idyllic vision of life; despair and mysticism; religious, artistic, and practical life; and much more. An international success following its original publication in 1919, this landmark of… See more details below

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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 and cruelty; its idyllic vision of life; despair and mysticism; religious, artistic, and practical life; and much more. An international success following its original publication in 1919, this landmark of historical scholarship is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in medieval life. 14 illus.

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A reappearance of Huizinga's (1872-1945) controversial classic arguing that the Middle Ages were not simple a marking of time between the Roman Empire and the Renaissance that of course vanished as soon as people found something interesting to do. Rather, he says Medieval culture was distinct and vital, declined through internal processes, and was replaced by other forms that were not necessarily an improvement over the best the Middle Ages had once had to offer. He focuses on art, life, and thought in France and the Netherlands during the 14th and 15th centuries. The English translation of the 1919 Dutch original was published by Edward Arnold and Company in 1924. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780312855406
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
10/01/1969
Pages:
328

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