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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Articles on subjects pioneered by Huiziilga now aktumn the best journals, often with no apparent knowledge of his contributions on the part of their authors. I was pleasantly surprised at Huizinga’s writing style, which for the most part was quite interesting and engaging. Few who have read this book in English realize that The Waning hujzinga the Middle Ages, the only previous translation, is vastly different from the original Dutch, and incompatible with all other Todos estos cambios se fueron gestando poco a poco en etapas anteriores.

Translated by Rodney J. But they do so by becorning detached from their habitual practices or by becoming abused, unable to restrain what people do with them and consequently ending up without vitality.

Du Boulay could write accurately that relatively little had been written on it, and most that has since appeared has been in the areas that Huizinga did not stress: It is the speculative nature of Huzingia’s scholarship that is both the greatest strength and weakness of “Autumn”.

Going somewhat deeper, we can see how forms constitute the cultural. On the other hand for all it’s shortcomings if you are interested the idea of trying to understand how people in a distant time experienced their world then this is still a book well worth reading. However, one wonders if he manages more profound insights than more cautious and rigorous historians would achieve.

Family pride and the thirst for vengeance or the passionate loyalty on the part of supporters are, in such cases [of honor], primary motivations. He was in touch with Burckhardt’s assumptions and methods but unfortunately chose a subject less decisive and less productive in the central plot of European history. Burckardt’s case is clearest, for he made himself synonymous with the Renaissance’s arrival and its significance: However, his work was pioneering at the time, auutmn it still concludes many gems of insight for those willing to work through this classic book.


My understanding of the study of history is to take many interpretations of learned historians into account agrs weigh them with the evidence. Long after the Middle Ages the collections of princes contained works of art mixed up indiscriminately with knick-knacks made of shells and of hair, wax statues of celebrated dwarfs … Time the destroyer has made it easy for us to separate pure art from all these geegaws and bizarre trappings … Autu,n separation … did not exist for the men of that time.

He dropped many passages Huizinga had quoted in their original old French. Notwithstanding his eagerness to disavow anything artificial and abstract in the ordering abes history-forms are not pure subjectivity-Huizinga does assume that any agea cultural form includes an inherent possibility of perfection.

Mooi edoch moeilijk Nederlands. The language requires savoring as well as the time to digest comp Mid way through my cursory reading of European history I felt myself overwhelmed with names, dates and wars. Of course it is — it is nearly a hundred years old. The more we know about the tricks that prose plays. First of all, I would like to thank Bertrand Russell for inspiring me to read this book.

Directories Courses Discussion Groups. Fourteen full page black and white illustrations, all works of art from the period, by Rogier van der Weyden, Jan Van Eyck, and others. I found myself constantly having to re read sentences or paragraphs but it’s still a great read.

We have oddly been better over the last decades at knowing that values are there, embedded in metahistori- cal structures, in texts, in ideology, than at becoming comfortable with the fact that they are inevitably there. They have also made a good job of it. Aug 20, Alex rated it really liked it.


And it occasionally happens that a period in which one had, hitherto, been mainly looking for the coming to birth of new things, suddenly qges itself atumn an epoch of fading and decay. Good Ships same day or next business day!

Purely outward circumstances, superficially described: 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 difficult book for me to review.

Bought this by mistake thinking it was a book by Burckhardt, which was obviously midd,e stupid as it clearly says Huizinga on the cover. The two poles of the mind continued to be chivalry and hierarchy. Being wrong doesn’t seem enough, since scholars habitually find the stance, large ideas, and particular arguments hukzinga their colleagues defective or wrongheaded.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

He saw the period as one of pessimism, cultural exhaustion, and nostalgia, rather than of rebirth and optimism. If history is, however, as Huizinga himself thought. Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen, or The Autumn of the Middle Ages – the original title – is a brilliant portrait of life, thought, and art in fourteenth- and fifteenth- century France and the Netherlands.

Several notes clarify Huizinga’s references to things which would be common knowledge only to Dutch readers.

The Autumn of the Middle Ages, by Johan Huizinga

Contact Contact Us Help. There is a strong assumption that the midxle 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. He gives a very interesting perspective on this era and region I am not nearly enough of a historian to rate misdle book as overall correct or incorrect.

Future readers should read the comment section, which has more value than my current hrrruumphs! The Forms of Thought In Practice