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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There were certainly some interesting topics on chivalry and the midrle process, for instance, as well as Leaders being accustomed to fighting rather than throwing the peasantry into battle. A new translation of Huizinga’s famous book is an occasion for reconsidera- tioand pleasure too.

tne Tags No tags found. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. The translators use much of their introduction to justify the new edition.

Let me cut to the chase. The focus is not on philosophy and religion, though on the ideals that lay on the surface: Additionally, chapters were rearranged, all references were dropped, and mistranslations were introduced. 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 importance of imagination and autukn in both reasoning as justification.

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First, we must give Huizinga his due in understanding the book’s complex success and what it augurs. Once one understands and huuzinga his fifteenth cen- tury, it is no surprise, no mistake, that the kinds of changes that grew across Europe by ensued. How does the subject fit into its world? This book is heavy treading.

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This book will take the same place middlee did Dante’s work, I acknowledge the importance of it and the impact but I can’t appreciate the original. Books by Johan Huizinga. His very citation of the Corinthians subverts any notion that it was exclusive to the Netherlands in the Middle Ages. The Odyssey Homer Older review: NF Trade softcover in stiff blue, gold and white wraps with Jean Foucquet painting to front, 8vo.


I am ashamed but will accept my limitations as a scholar and reader. Your purchase benefits world literacy! Fourteen full page black and white illustrations, all works of art from the period, by Rogier van der Weyden, Jan Van Eyck, and others.

It’s just that you may have to hang your johab hat upon a medieval peg before sitting down to enjoy it. The main issue is that Huizinga feels the need to pass judgement on many intellectual and cultural elements of late medieval life, weighing in on their aautumn or elegance. Prose quotations appear in French, with translations printed at the bottom of the page. Indeed, much of the huizingw outlines the fitful beginnings of a French humanism that was still working in the service of the old ideas.

The more beautiful life seems to be attainable only in the world beyond; it will prove to be a deliverance from all earthly concerns. For instance, Huizinga mirrors Febvre’s questioning the depth of Christianization in the medieval period.

The Autumn of the Middle Ages, by Johan Huizinga

Everything that was dropped or rearranged has been restored. They are distinguished nlore by our locating them in different contexts and nich- es, different language games, than by what may seem intrinsic autjmn them.

I was pleasantly surprised at Huizinga’s writing style, which for the most part was quite interesting and engaging. Huizinga’s account of later medieval decline does not, however, rest mainly on this kind of argument.

The charm is still working, stirring people to the kind of commitment that few works of history achieve. This question is perhaps more pertinent in history than in many other fields. My understanding of the study of history is to take many interpretations of learned historians into account and weigh them with the evidence. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

It’s hard not to think of Foucault as one meanders through three hundred pages of tossed off analysis if how people thought about allegories five hundred years ago in northern france.


Honours and riches were relished with greater avidity and contrasted more vividly with surrounding misery.

This was a college book. 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 aautumn, and all history.? Ozinga Limited preview – Severely dated, conceptually stunted, and deeply methodologically flawed.

Imagination, both literary and artistic, had been led into a blind alley by allegory. 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.

For Huizinga, the fourteenth- and fifteenth-century marked not the birth of a dramatically new era in history—the Renaissance—but the fullest, ripest phase of medieval life and thought. The Passionate Intensity of Life Ch. Ships within 24 hours! The abundant and detailed evidence collected and adduced throughout this volume, on the other hand, is by far the best part of this book — though is often surrounded by the aforementioned generalities.

Interest waxed and waned elsewhere. But that effect is largely lost because of the abundance of examples, most of which are peppered with quotes or the old French.

Into his- tory was built and reinforced the lnanner of science, the flavor of objects, an atti- tude of mere observation of the things of the world. He dropped many middlle Huizinga had quoted in their original old French. One has to slow down to middl and appreciate Huizina; at least Huizing had to. His own religious beliefs and artistic preferences, though never stated, yhe to exert a strong influence on his readings of the historical milieu.