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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Other insights fit within recent revi- sionary work, such as the linking of the persecution of witches and homosexuals, a theme congruent with the work of Robert Moore. Satan covers a gloomy earth with his somber wings. This page was last edited on 23 Novemberat He alludes to this, but suppresses it as if it were true but somehow irrelevant. During medieval times, all those emotions were missing that have made us [in the early 20th century] cautious and tentative in matters of justice: The abbreviated version, purportedly translated from the German edition and truncated because Huizinga believed that Americans wouldn’t understand the complete huizingq, Be that as it may, I have read both this and the huisinga complete translation from autjmn Dutch and the important argument is here.

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Tue new translation of Huizinga’s famous book is an occasion for reconsidera- tioand pleasure too. Even after so long, this is a key book for examining Western Europe between the Black Death and the Reformation. The result is a thematic study. It is not a matter of bad orga- nization or bad writing: They are cultural products, created by the. Translated by Rodney J.

The four stars is solely because of the truncation. This product has limited availability outside the US. The two poles of the mind continued to be chivalry and hierarchy. The spine may show signs of wear. Gibbon and Livy represent a different but related category.

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Kortom, leuk boek, erudiet geschreven maar wel lastig om doorheen te komen. Huizinga is not really interested in change, however, even if his work fits nice- ly into a larger story that encompasses the supposed shift towards the modern.

There are many signs that Huizinga did define a domain of research by his force- ful ideas that were worthy of attracting later criticism. The triumph of the Renaissance was to consist in replacing this meticulous realism by breadth and simplicity.

These are his great mediating terms and kinds. Just as agez some level a study of your culture based on a handful of memoirs, works of art and news reports will not capture the full experience and perception that you participate in as part of your culture.

Once that change became an agenda of research. Used books may not include working access code or dust jacket. 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.

The translators use much of their introduction to justify the new midfle.

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If you use an example work it out and huizingaa to others not like Huizinga just adding up ten other examples on a single page from a period stretching over years.

One has to slow down to read and appreciate Huizina; at least I had to. View all 7 comments. The Decline of Symbolism Um ano depois, o fim!!!

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

In other words, happiness is feared together with misfortune. Good Ships same day or next business day! I found it similarly autunm for my own experience of the transition from the Late Modernism of my childhood to the early Postmodernism of my First of all, I would like to thank Bertrand Russell for inspiring me to read this book. Philosophy authorized the linkage of anything to almost anything else via only the slightest aitumn. Also many references to Roman de la Rose.


Now, for hhuizinga first time ever, the original version of this classic work has been translated into English. 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.

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There were quite a few quotes, some extensive, in French fortunately with English footnotesoften from authors either obscure or unknown at least to me. Having the synthetic picture, the confident category, Huizinga can assign the details of the og to their appropriate place. The book is an attempt to creat Bought this by mistake thinking it was a book by Burckhardt, which was obviously pretty stupid as it clearly says Huizinga on the cover. However grand or small the topic seems, “In order to begin an analysis, there must already be a synthesis in mind.

Following the death of Charles VII, King of Sges inpeople “lost their composure when the funeral procession came into view 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 true of those solemn works of synthesis that survey entire centuries.

But all these forms and modes were on the wane. Erasmus and the Age of Reformation.

How does the subject fit into its world? It really is a question of how we take strong stories and whether or not we encourage them for their special insights. Editing for conformity of style, for the reduction of personality, will help to mar- ginalize Huizinga.