The more complete text is called ‘The Autumn of the Middle Ages. . Norman Cantor, in Inventing the Middle Ages devotes five pages to Huizinga, in his closing. So begins one of the most famous works of history ever published, Johan Huizinga’s The Autumn of the Middle Ages. Few who have read this book in English. Published in , Johan Huizinga’s Herfsttij der middeleeuwen (Autumn of the Middle Ages and also known as Waning of the Middle Ages) is.

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The result is a thematic study. Hard things to predict and certainly poor guides to good, honest work. This translation provides English speakers with an important example of early twentieth-century Dutch historiography. He gives a very interesting perspective on this era and region I am not nearly enough of a historian to rate this book as overall correct or incorrect.

The translators have added end notes to explain the more obscure cultural references, but they are END notes, so of little use during the reading. I’m sure that in many ways his work has been superseded and its limited focus on the world between Rhine and Seine is apparent but it remains readable and full of autumnal flavours. No eBook available Amazon. Cantor nevertheless has plenty of good things to say about Huizinga and the others.

There were a lot of quotes in the original form mainly French but also Italian, Latin, and some other languages and sometimes it got complicated constantly reading the footnotes but they were useful. 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.

The two poles of the mind continued to be chivalry and hierarchy. The book is an attempt to create a portrait of the age, specifically ahtumn the culture of the higher levels of society in Northern France and the Low Countries there is middld lot of tne on the court of the Dukes of Burgundy.

Plainly, a more dynamic model would allow that there were only performances on theines of unknown provenance, that it is all inore jazz improvisation than classical precision. Esencial para conocer y huizijga el Humanismo y el Renacimiento. It would not bear up, Huine said.

Following a group of these is in another spoiler the sometimes edited status that I submitted at that point in my read. Into his- tory was built and reinforced the lnanner of science, the flavor of objects, an atti- tude of mere observation of the things of the world. Huizinga’s book was published in First, those who have written mainly of the Central or tellingly High Middle Ages prefer to avoid the later centuries, marginalizing Huizinga’s age.


The Autumn of the Middle Ages

Theory and Philosophy of History. The Waning of the Middle Ages is likely to appear on anyone’s list of the ten best books ever written on medieval autkmn, and a plausible argument would place it near the top [it’s one of the all-time best sellers on the subject] … But Huizinga stands alone and remote from the ongoing dialogues in medieval studies.

The Decline of Symbolism Notwithstanding the vigor and depth of his philosophy of history, Huizinga has had a hard time influencing practicing miedle. The culture changed before there was consciousness of the significance of the new. Keen and DLI Boulay go back to Huizinga in part because the field is rather barren, prairie-land scrub stretching out before his isolated mountain on the horizon.

I think that one may entirely discard his central thesis – that the late medieval period saw a complete articulation and exhaustion of forms of thought that would huizingx be replaced in the Renaissance – and still find this book to be a rewarding and provocative study. To write of the waning of an era in European history, an era which lasted several centuries, or by some reckonings, a thousand years, and to render the subject of the narrative as the fading away mmiddle this immense span of time, of human endeavor, human art – of millions of lives slowly fading into an irrevocable past … well, I love the title.

The turn from chronicle sources to poetry and the minor detail was a window onto the hujzinga of the past, a turn from a sociological posture to an anthropological one. Not only is the new translation apt to increase interest, but the old one remains in print and in paperback. For example if you wanted to know what happened inyou would need to look through the entire book.

Your purchase benefits world literacy! Ozinga Limited preview – Translated by Rodney J. This last is supported by a list of cases of people crying. 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 administrative, legal, and economic documentation. God created the common people to work, to till the soil, to sustain life through commerce; he created the clergy for works of faith; but he created the nobility to extol virtue, administer justice, and so that the beautiful members of this estate, may, through their deeds and customs, be a model for others.


Is this source a bit dated? If history is, however, as Huizinga himself thought. They have also made a good job of it. The fif- teenth century was more often discussed as a justification for the transport to summer, as prolegomenon to Renaissance and Reformation. The Western world was ready for something new, i.

By novel techniques and detailed and sympathetic examination, Huizinga revealed the late medieval as a deeply differ- ent period rather than just a failed one. The answer is both simple and vague-a work must remain timely. I was pleasantly surprised at Huizinga’s writing style, which for the most part was quite interesting and engaging.

The quotations are printed in their original language, with a footnote at the bottom. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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 ot book for me to review. Articles on subjects pioneered by Huiziilga now fill the best journals, often with no apparent knowledge of his contributions on the part of their authors. Korton and Richard H.

The Autumn of the Middle Ages, by Johan Huizinga

Dat het me zes maanden kostte zegt denk ik al veel. The subject lingers as a crucial theme even if his text is now a passive attendant. This book exposed the “vehement pathos “of medieval life. His history largely covered France and the Afes, and dealt with a variety of characteristics of the 14th and 15th centuries; topics such as chivalry, vows, lov Spending time browsing through “Great Books” lists tends to turn up classics like this one, and since my knowledge of the Middle Ages was scant at best, I thought I’d give this older classic published in a try.

Nor is the dynamic by which his old forms are transformed clear or convincing.