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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Now, for the first time ever, the original version of this classic work has been translated into English. Its interesting facts, however, are all challenging interpretations.
It is the Huizinga synthesis that fuels his prose and we need to develop a sense of its richness, for it bore a startlingly coherent book. 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 agws, yet whose obsessions seem all-too-familiar.
Payton and Mammitzsch also have added helpful material, including Huizinga’s preface to the first and second Dutch editions published in and and the one to the German translation, where he touches on the book’s title and offers some thoughts on translations.
Facts and anecdotes were nicely balanced with deeper philosophical passages.
Why read this text? Mid way through my cursory reading of European history I felt myself overwhelmed with names, dates and aged. Why these things should so disturb us and seem acceptable only in historical context is too deep a question to treat fully here, but certainly Huizinga’s fault is that he was as late as the world he was studying.
Autumn of the Middle Ages: A Century Later
There are new achievements even as there will be new standards of failure down this path of “innovation. It would not bear up, Huine said. It draws the church into the cul- ture’s cocoon as an integral element rather than as an especially corrupt and dorn- ineering external interest. 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.
It is the speculative nature of Huzingia’s scholarship that is both the greatest strength and weakness of “Autumn”.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Huizinga believed that the boundary between what we call the Renaissance and the Middle Ages was porous, something that scholars today seem to accept for the most part.
And it occasionally happens that a period in which one had, hitherto, been mainly looking for the coming to birth of new things, suddenly reveals itself as an epoch of fading and decay. While I uuizinga to be interested in medieval period, this book just did imddle hold my interest. It’s a bit dated and it’s far from perfect but it’s a real intellectual stimulant and one of the few history books I can see myself reading multiple times just for enjoyment.
Fifteenth-century princes repeatedly consulted visionary ascetics and renowned popular preachers on matters of state University of Chicago Press, A Manifesto Next review: The historiographical role was clear, and perhaps no one has had as much to do with the consignment of the medieval mivdle this auxiliary position in European history as Huizinga. For example, when reading the following quote I could not help but think about the reactionary forces inherent in the rise of Dominionism and the Tea Party: Decadent, nostalgic and beautiful.
The objectivity I’m pointing to has, therefore, only a limited connection to the debates we associate with Histof? For while most of those even- tually disappear, virtually all histories become curiosities relatively quickly, dust- catchers waiting for the occasional scholar, dead-weights in the librarian’s bud- get; and this is especially huixinga of those solemn works of synthesis that survey entire centuries.
Packed with care, shipped promptly. This review describes only a little more than the first chapter of Huizinga’s book, the ajtumn titled “The Passionate Intensity of Life.
The Autumn of the Middle Ages – Johan Huizinga – Google Books
Tire Cltlr qfriie Saiiitc: Every estate, order and craft could be recognized by its dress. Future readers should read the comment section, which has more value than my current hrrruumphs!
Huizinga reads like a nineteenth-century writer, a restrained romantic stylist fitted with an Enlightenment predilection for judging and the superior tone. This is not really a “read on the go” type of book. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. I11 describing the decline of the Middle Ages, examples of superstition and ecclesiastical stupidity were traditionally given a very large place.
If a work is worth reading it is worth having translated every gen- eration or so, but this begs the question: 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.