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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Nevertheless, Huizinga holds attention because of the coherence and depth of his synthetic vision. Having the synthetic picture, teh confident category, Huizinga can assign the details of the period to their appropriate place.

Illness and death presented a more striking contrast; the cold and darkness of winter were more real evils. Age 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 Waning of the Middle Ages

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. Huizinga inay be ready to enter the research stream in a way that eluded him in his Wnrlirzg days.

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 juizinga by a thousand formalities: The rhe use much of their introduction to justify the new edition. Book titles OR Journal titles. He writes that Huizinga had no successors, and the approach he adopted has found tbe significant imitators.


While he candidly acknowledges the populairty of the “waning of the midvle ages” among undergraduates, he takes issue with Huizinga’s scholarship. But Huizinga’s critique of the Middle Ages took a subtle form that helps to explain why the book has never lost some appeal for historians.

Book now cluttered with underlining and notes.

They have also made a good job of it. Thus Inany works on the Italian Renaissance do indeed start with Burckhardt, for whether his detail is germane in the same way anymore, his interpretation recolnnlends itself for discussion.

Contact Contact Us Help. A detail from the margin, Huizinga’s Denis defines his epoch’s own marginality. Good Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside.

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Esencial para conocer y entender el Humanismo y el Renacimiento. 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 autumj full of autumnal flavours.

The ultimate challenge for Huizinga inay well be to find the scholarly world transformed into a place of sharp and person- al prose, of as Inany quirks on the page as there are quirks in the classroom. First, those who have written mainly of the Central or tellingly High Middle Ages prefer to avoid the later centuries, marginalizing Huizinga’s age.

Additionally, chapters are rearranged and redivided, all references are dropped, and mistranslations are introduced. Johan Huizinga was a Dutch historian and one of the founders of modern cultural history. To me, the second title is even more evocative. The abundant and detailed evidence collected and adduced throughout this volume, on the other hand, is by far the best Apologies for the grumpy review — but I’ll let it stand.

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The Autumn of the Middle Ages

Not that this is a dull journey of discovery, much of the huozinga is through anecdote: Beautifully written, and presented here in a new rendering that’s far closer to the original text than the standard English version of “The A classic look at the final flowering of medieval culture a world alien in so many ways, yet whose obsessions seem all-too-familiar. Profound pessimism spread a general gloom over life. Notwithstanding his eagerness to disavow anything artificial and abstract in the ordering of history-forms are not pure subjectivity-Huizinga does assume that any particular cultural form includes an inherent possibility of perfection.

Nov 28, Monica rated it liked it Shelves: For few synthetic studies in history are destined to remain alive: But all in all, the book is well worth one’s time for those interested in this period of European history, and a must read for serious students of that era. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Freeman work dominant for a tthe, dead for eternity, swept away by active historical ambition.

The whole book buys into xutumn idea that cultures are monolithic, that they’re born and they die, rather than being constantly evolving entities. It is still neither disreputable nor quaint for an academic historian to take one of these books seriously.

For example, Huizinga conveys the period’s decline by his repetition of categories of excess. Good Bumped and creased book with tears to the extremities, but not affecting the text block and a remainder mark to one edge-Good. With only a few lapses, Huizinga treats the entire culture as one object, a system wholly contained within forms of life and culture.