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. Johan Huizinga’s Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen (The Waning of the Middle Ages, or in the more accurate new translation, The Autumn of the Middle Ages) has. The more complete text is called ‘The Autumn of the Middle Ages.’ ‘Waning’ .. Johan Huizinga não foi só um grande historiador, mas um escritor talentoso.
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I was pleasantly surprised at Huizinga’s writing style, which for the most part was quite interesting and engaging. The triumph of the Renaissance was to consist in replacing this meticulous realism by breadth and simplicity.
I’m sure that in many ways his work has been superseded and its limited focus on the world between Rhine and Seine is apparent but it remains readable and full of autumnal flavours. They are distinguished nlore by our locating them in different contexts and nich- es, different language games, than by what may seem intrinsic to them.
The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga
In this guise, they are not unlike norms. We view the late Middle Ages through the psychology and thought of artists, theologians, poets, court chroniclers, princes, and statesmen of the period, witnessing the splendor and simplicity of medieval life, its courtesy and cruelty, its idyllic vision of life, despair and mysticism, religious, artistic, and practical life, and much more.
Huizinga’s views are very provocative but sometimes far-fetched. References to this book Altruism James R. But this tone and language of judgment have turned out to be much less appealing; his rhetoric, unlike his subjects, ran counter to the quiet and careful tone that modern historical science was just at that time settling into. 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 gradually be replaced in the Renaissance – and still find this book to be a rewarding and provocative study.
The Autumn of the Middle Ages
Nor is the dynamic by which his old forms are transformed clear or convincing. His general concern for ordinary life was turned-as it has been lately-to the service of cultural history rather than the socioeconomic use that it mainly encompassed in its Annales mode Profound pessimism spread a general gloom over life. Huizinga is not focussing on this. Huizinga made understanding the entire culture-“an understanding of contents” rather than of a “strictly closed causality” of change-the central work of history.
So it is about what it was like to be alive then – how did people see the world, how did people behave, what was important to them, how did people express themselves and so on. The item may have identifying markings on it or show other signs of previous use. Good Bumped and creased book with tears to the extremities, but not affecting the text block and a remainder mark to one edge-Good.
Huizinga reads like a nineteenth-century writer, a restrained romantic stylist fitted with an Enlightenment predilection for judging and the superior tone.
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Huizinga’s work is a classic look at the literary and artistic culture of fifteenth century Burgundy and France. The Italians were never far away from their glorious past. Sources for Western Society: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Huizinga comes across as being very interested in Mentalitie and is an early practitioner of that approach.
Huizinga is not really interested in change, however, even if his work fits nice- ly into a larger story that encompasses the supposed shift towards the modern.
What does it mean to place values into history? Huizinga is always exciting in his passion, depth, and sensitivity. First, those johhan have written mainly of the Central or tellingly High Middle Ages prefer to avoid the later centuries, marginalizing Huizinga’s age.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. To understand how the culture was aging is to understand an entirety. One believes Huizinga about the fifteenth century because he doesn’t seem to be a slave to the Renaissance. The charm is still working, stirring people to the kind of commitment that few works of history achieve. Fair A readable copy. Huizinga was essentially an artistic and poetic writer, and the insights one comes away with from his book are such as one might expect from one so gifted: Kortom, leuk boek, erudiet geschreven maar wel lastig om doorheen te komen.
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.
From that perspective, Huizinga inay well have been ahead of his time. Scholastic thought, with symbolism and strong formalism, the thoroughly dualistic conception of life and the world still dominated.
No reading of Huizinga has failed to find him definitive, even domineering. Amazon doesn’t and should have a separate listing for “The Autumn of the Middle Ages,” a translation that is drastically different from “The Waning.
For example, Huizinga conveys the period’s decline by his repetition of categories of excess. It is still neither disreputable nor quaint for an academic historian to take one of these books seriously.
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When scholars have written broadly of xges century culture, Imddle is there, eminent, definitive, and impressive. Prose quotations appear in French, with translations preprinted at the bottom of the page, mistranslations have been corrected.
The quotations are printed in their original language, with a footnote at the bottom. Politics are not yet completely in the grip of bureaucracy and protocol; at any moment the prince may abandon them and look elsewhere for guidelines for his administration.