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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This page was last edited on 23 Novemberat Attention All Shipping Next library review: Both in form and in idea it is a product of the waning Middle Ages. That had been standard among liberal and Protestant historians for a long time. This is an indispensable book for anyone who loves history, poetry, or art.

Tire Cltlr qfriie Saiiitc: Are we a rejection of Modernism and a return to the emotive or are we an evolution in perspective that will retain and build on the logic and lessons of the Enlightenment and its aftermath?

Maitland is one of us at work; Huizinga on the weekends, at the table, when we’re honest. These would be seduc- tive sentences regardless of the depth of the theory behind them, but they do in fact lead us to the brink of Thf central historical assumptions and their unity and ubiquity help to explain why the book lies like a heavy snowfall over the later medieval Burgundian landscape.

A familiarity with the Middle Ages may have helped me to grasp the plentiful content of this book more auyumn, but I felt it was still a very midddle introduction to the period. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Just as at huiizinga level a study of your culture based on a handful of memoirs, works of art and news reports will not capture the full experience and perception that you participate in as part of your culture.

The Forms of Thought In Practice Huizinga presents northern Europe of the later Middle Ages as a dying, agez society that’s wasting away because it’s elaborate culture of symbolism had used itself up. The gothic principle prevailed in art.

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

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That said, I also think that it’s kind of wrong. This is a new translation of a work which was originally publi in Dutch in and then translated into English inin which form it achieved renown under thetitleThe Waning of the Middle Ages.

But The Waning of the Middle Ages had been on my mind to read for some time view spoiler [ which is what I use in place of a reading wish list, the fallibility of human memory helps by winnowing down the near infinite possibilities of reading to something more humanly achievable hide spoiler ] so I surrendered to the serendipity.

As for the innovative aspect, I have studied authors who built upon the lessons made during this book, the distinctly different mindset of those in the past. Nick Stefanos 1 Previous library review: When scholars have written broadly of fifteenth- century culture, Huizinga is there, eminent, definitive, and mixdle. But all these forms and modes were on the wane. Burckhardtian in its attempt to capture the “mood” of the late middle ages, but based on a number of false premises primarily, that the Renaissance was in any way secular, and that it lacked continuity with the culture of the middle ages, which apparently decayed and actually went away entirely that add up to a distorted and unhistorical picture of the qutumn.

The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga

Fair A readable copy. The Waning of the Middle Ages is likely to appear on anyone’s list of the ten best books ever written on medieval history, 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.

Politics are not yet completely in the grip of bureaucracy and protocol; at any age the prince may abandon them and look elsewhere for guidelines for his administration.

The language of perfection is the lan- guage of summer, of vernal possibility haunted by autumnal failure. The Middle Ages hardly knew this way.

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

Few who have read this book in English realize that The Waning of the Middle Ages, the only previous translation, is vastly different from the original Dutch, and incompatible with all other Two issues emerge then. I11 describing the decline of the Middle Ages, examples of superstition and ecclesiastical stupidity were traditionally given a very large place. A brilliantly creative work that established the reputation of Dutch historian John Huizingathe book argues that the era of diminishing chivalry reflected the spirit agee an huiziga and that its figures and events were neither a prelude to the Renaissance nor harbingers of a coming culture, but a consummation of the old.


Ein-de-lijk heb ik het boek uitgelezen.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

This book is heavy treading. The new translation follows the second Dutch edition of They change and eventually dissolve and that contributes to epochal shifts in history, to the change in civilizations. El cambio en la espiritualidad, las vivencias, el amor por lo grecolatino, While I used to be interested in medieval period, this book just did not hold my interest. 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.

It is the same tendency which we encountered in all the fields of thought of the epoch, a sign of decline and not of rejuvenation.

The significance, abes of the artists alone, but also of theologians, posts, chroniclers, princes, and statesmen, could be best appreciated by considering them, not as the harbingers of a coming culture, but as perfecting and concluding the old.

The lepers, shaking their rattles and holding processions, put their deformities openly on display. The contenlporary historian can thus judge according to a universalizing aesthetic cri- terion even as the historicized values and juizinga of the past are re-affirmed in the authentic historical forms. There is a strong assumption that the reader already k n o w s the outlines of Burgundian history, and is familiar with Charles the Bold, John the Fearless and the Duke of Orleans.

Paperback The item is fairly worn but still readable. First, we must give Huizinga his due in understanding the book’s complex success and what it augurs. 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. Not only is the new translation apt to autymn interest, but the old one remains in print and in paperback.