Johan Huizinga's "The Waning of the Middle Ages" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Johan Huizinga's "The Waning of the Middle Ages"
This paper is a review of Johan Huizinga's "The Waning of the Middle Ages", published in 1924.
# 83576 | 675 words | 1 source | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in History (European) , English (Analysis) , Literature (European (other))

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This paper explains that Johan Huizinga's text explores the late medieval period as it occurred in France and the Netherlands. The author notes that heavy emphasis is placed by Huizinga upon religious motifs, love conventions, notions of chivalry and social reification. The paper relates that not only were these important in this era but also they reflect the author's own sensibilities.

From the Paper:

"Johan Huizinga's The Waning of the Middle Ages is an engrossing and informative look at a fascinating period in Western European history; namely, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries AD in France and in the Netherlands. This book review will examine Huizinga's classic work, explore its pros and cons, and take a closer look at the sources that the historian uses to construct his narrative. In the final analysis, while Huizinga's master-work is not without its limitations, the vigorous intellect that crafted it and the intellectual curiosity that informs every page makes it a text still worth reading today. One of the strengths of skillful historians is to provide a vibrant, vivid presentiment of the past. Huizinga employs his considerable literary gifts to do precisely that."

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