The Waning of the Middle Ages

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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 invaluable reference for anyone interested in medieval life. 14 illustrations.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486404431
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 8/4/1998
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

I. THE VIOLENT TENOR OF LIFE
II. PESSIMISM AND THE IDEAL FO THE SUBLIME LIFE
III. THE HIERARCHIC CONCEPTION OF SOCIETY
IV. THE IDEA OF CHIVALRY
V. THE DREAM OF HEROISM AND OF LOVE
VI. ORDERS OF CHIVALRY AND VOWS
VII. THE POLITICAL AND MILITARY VALUE OF CHIVALROUS IDEAS
VIII. LOVE FORMALIZED
IX. THE CONVENTIONS OF LOVE
X. THE IDYLLIC VISION OF LIFE
XI. THE VISION OF DEATH
XII. RELIGIOUS THOUGHT CRYSTALLIZING INTO IMAGES
XIII. TYPES OF RELIGIOUS LIFE
XIV. RELIGIOUS SENSIBILITY AND RELIGIOUS IMAGINATION
XV. SYMBOLISM IN ITS DECLINE
XVI. THE EFFECTS OF REALISM
XVII. RELIGIOUS THOUGHT BEYOND THE LIMITS OF IMAGINATION
XVIII. THE FORMS OF THOUGHT AND PRACTICAL LIFE
XIX. ART AND LIFE
XX. THE ÆSTHETIC SENTIMENT
XXI. VERBAL AND PLASTIC EXPRESSION COMPARED. I
XXII. VERBAL AND PLASTIC EXPRESSION COMPARED. II
XXIII. THE ADVENT OF THE NEW FORM
  BIBLIOGRAPHY
  INDEX
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