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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The Autumn of the Middle Ages

Good Bumped and creased book with tears to the extremities, but not affecting the text block and a remainder mark to one edge-Good. The importance of White’s analysis of such a scientific classic as Darwin’s Tlze Origin of Species was in part the proof it provided that any kind of literature was susceptible to such an analysis, and all history.?

I found it similarly interesting for my own experience of the transition from the Late Modernism of my childhood to the early Postmodernism of my youth, and the Second Era of Globalization of my maturity. Kenneth I read this one because it’s the one I own in my personal library. Thus his history irritated only a few eighteenth-century Whigs, becoming serviceable and then secondary to his philosophy as the nineteenth century wore on.

The Autumn of the Middle Ages, by Johan Huizinga

A high and strong culture is declining, but at the same time and in the same sphere new agew are being born. Kortom, leuk boek, erudiet geschreven maar wel lastig om doorheen te komen. As Cantor says, Huzingia wrote this book with sources available in any “second tier library”.

He advised his friend William Robertson against the history of Charles V. If history is, however, as Huizinga himself thought. Arnong these latter writers we have an ongoing cognitive opera- tion of separating the organic from the fossilized, the seed cone from the amber, the sonlething that is historically active, engaged with research agendas and teaching details, from the historically pcrssive, interesting for some other evi- dence-irrelevant reason.

Among 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 Autumn of the Middle Ages – Wikipedia

He shifts the ground autmn wholly away from the evi- dence of the institutional church. Profound pessimism spread a general gloom over life. Huizinga is always exciting in his passion, depth, and sensitivity.


Of its author, the New York Times said, “Professor Huizinga huizingz dressed his imposing and variegated assemblage of facts in the colorful garments characteristic of novels, and he parades them from his first page to the last in a vivid style. NF Trade softcover in stiff blue, gold and white wraps with Jean Foucquet painting to front, 8vo.

Set your country here juizinga find out accurate prices. This is an edited version. The result is a thematic study.

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 This book took me way too long to read based on ghe length or that’s because it was so dense. Art In Life There were a lot of quotes in the original form mainly Midrle but also Italian, Latin, and some other languages and sometimes it got complicated constantly reading the footnotes but they were useful. The English Court was a full of hatred.

There were certainly some interesting topics on chivalry and the political process, for instance, as well as Leaders being accustomed to fighting rather than throwing the peasantry into battle. Mooi edoch moeilijk Nederlands. Very Good Tight, bright, uncreased spine, pages clear and bright, shelf and edge wear, cover curl, corners bumped, packaged in cardboard box for shipment, tracking on U. The Western world was ready for something new, i.

Autumn of the Middle Ages: A Century Later

One has to slow down to read and appreciate Huizina; at least I had to. Several touches of surface along extreme spine ends. A special factor was at play in the Middle Ages that complicated the way forms worked. Going somewhat deeper, we can see how forms constitute the cultural. By what warrant, however, are forms criticized if they are the historians’ own construction?

Language this evocative, inflamed with judgment, and yet still suggestive, characterizes his style, and examples could be multiplied a hundred times with- out exhausting them. The present work deals with the history of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries regarded as a period of termination … Such a view presented itself to the author whilst endeavoring to arrive at a genuine understanding of the art of the brothers Van Eyck and their contemporaries, that is to say, to grasp its meaning by seeing it in connection with the entire life of their times.


The modern city hardly knows pure darkness or true silence anymore, nor does it know the effect of a single small light or that of a lonely distant shout Perhaps Huizinga’s manners now seem bad and we had rather not invite him back, but it may also be true that we’ve made things too easy for ourselves by not encouraging strong, well-devel- oped favors. 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 spine may show signs of wear. As he noted in his thoughtful lecture “The Task of Cultural History,” a history often fails because it lacks a guiding assumption.

The repellent beauty hjizinga his writing will keep us shy and consign him to literature, history that has moved out of relevance to the active historian to be picked up by the active historiographer or literary historian.

I found I had to focus on reading pages a night for a couple of weeks. The spine remains undamaged.

While I used to be interested in medieval period, this book just did not hold my interest. Valla discovering that the donation of Constantine was a fake; Luther short-circuiting the shabby rationale of the medieval ecclesiastical machine; and everyone noting how the system had benefited the narrow interests of clergy and papacy. Huizinga inay be ready to enter the research stream in a way that eluded him in his Wnrlirzg days.

If this period of history interests you, Huizinga will micdle you much to consider.

Huizinga writes of sad times and processions lasting “day after day even for hjizinga on end,” always with many small children, and in Paris the processions included barefoot “country folk” from nearby villages. So intense and colorful was life that it could stand the mingling of the smell of blood and roses. He anticipates the field of “Cultural Studies” in his blend of source materials and thematic chapter arrangement.

But mankind does not repent, the churches struggles, and the preachers and poets warn and lament in vain. A midlde can, as we have seen, be overburdened.

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