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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Fifteenth-century princes repeatedly consulted visionary ascetics and renowned thhe preachers on matters of state Several notes clarify Huizinga’s references to things which would be common knowledge only to Dutch readers.

Kf who have read this book in English realize that The Waning of the Middle Ages, the only previous translation, is vastly different from the original Dutch, and incompatible with all other European-language translations. The oddity of Huizinga’s old-fashioned rhetoric is, therefore, that it has hid- den and obscured the newfangledness of many of his ideas and his bold, some- times visionary subjects.

Thus Inany works on the Italian Renaissance do indeed start with Burckhardt, for whether his detail is germane in the same way anymore, his interpretation recolnnlends itself for discussion.

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. Explore the Home Aktumn Guide. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Prose quotations appear in French, with translations preprinted at the bottom of the page, mistranslations have been corrected.

In the book, Huizinga presents the idea that the exaggerated formality and romanticism of late medieval court society was a defense mechanism against the constantly increasing violence and brutality of general society.

Prevalent philosophical realism meant the qges of every detail of life and nature to the highest thw. Of its author, the New York Times said, “Professor Huizinga has 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.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

Notwithstanding his eagerness to disavow anything artificial and abstract in the ordering of history-forms are not pure subjectivity-Huizinga does assume that any particular cultural form includes an inherent possibility of perfection. The repellent beauty of 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.


Many of those that have survived a century or more have done so for reasons that can be considered external to the operations of professional history. The theory may be wrong. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. Few who have read this book in English realize that The Waning of the Middle Ages, the only previous translation, is vastly different from the original Dutch, and incompatible will all other European-language translations.

With only a few lapses, Huizinga treats the entire culture as one object, a system wholly contained within forms of life and culture. Future readers should read the comment section, which has more value than my current hrrruumphs!

Scholastic thought, with symbolism and strong formalism, the thoroughly dualistic conception of life and the world still dominated. The charm is still working, stirring people to the kind of commitment that few works of history achieve. Tile Kiiig’r T,i,o Boclies Princeton, The decay of overripe forms of civilization is as suggestive a spectacle as the growth of new ones.

Huizinga reads like a nineteenth-century writer, a restrained romantic stylist fitted with an Enlightenment predilection for judging and the superior tone. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. In this I think it does take a very different stance than most other books I read about the Renaissance. 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.

The language requires savoring as well as the time to digest complex thoughts. Few who have read this book in English realize that The Waning of the Middle Ages, the only previous translation, is vastly different from the original Dutch, and incompatible with all other His own religious beliefs and artistic preferences, though never stated, seem to exert a strong influence on his readings of the historical milieu.

On the second try I correctly ordered the “The Waning of the Middle Ages” and instantly understand why it is a classic when I started reading it.

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All in all impressive, but unfortunately very outdated.

When scholars have written broadly of fifteenth- century culture, Huizinga is there, eminent, definitive, and impressive.

Published May 22nd by Dover Publications first published Feb 08, Amauri Caetano Campos rated it it was amazing. I will not claim that the book is bad or wrong but the style of writing was just not my cup to tea and every chapter I got lost lf the words.

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

The focus here is on northern France and the Low Countries, but Huizinga’s vision is wide-ranging and informed. It’s just that you may have to hang your critic’s hat upon a medieval peg before sitting down to enjoy it. It’s Dutch ov was Herfsttij der Middeleeuwenwhich translates directly to The Autumn of the Middle Ages an evocative enough title, to be sure.

Everything that was dropped or rearranged has been restored. Though there were princes and unicorns I learned there was a lot of cruelty along with the tenderness of life.

See 1 question about The Waning of the Middle Ages…. Once that change became an agenda of research. He dropped many passages Huizinga had quoted in their original old Agds. Sickness contrasted more strongly with health The basis autmn change, the unity of the culture.

The fif- teenth century was more often discussed as a justification for the transport to summer, as prolegomenon to Renaissance and Reformation. His thesis is basically that the literature and art of the ages reveals that huizingw culture in decay, ripened to the point where its cultural “forms” an idea he never defines exactly have overgrown the ideas they were meant to convey.

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