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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He advised his friend William Robertson against the history of Charles V.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the historical period – but in hardback or paperback. They are cultural products, auutmn by the. Being retired, I read for my own pleasure and not for research purposes.

The Autumn of the Middle Ages, by Johan Huizinga

The book wih its lively and engaging narration style is an easy introduction to the history of the Middle Ages in the Latin Europe and an indispensable help for general understanding of the lack of malleability of the human nature. A detail from the margin, Huizinga’s Denis defines his epoch’s own marginality. This book exposed the “vehement pathos “of medieval life. The repellent beauty of his mixdle 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.

A familiarity with the Middle Ages may have helped me to grasp the plentiful content of this book more firmly, but I felt it was still a very good introduction to the period.

The abundant and detailed evidence collected and adduced throughout this volume, on the other hand, is by far the best Apologies for the grumpy review — but I’ll let it stand.

The point is that within historiography there are multiple genres co-existing.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

There was less relief available for misfortune and for sickness; they came in a more fearful and more painful way. It is the Huizinga synthesis that fuels his prose and we need xges develop a sense of its richness, for it bore a startlingly coherent book.


Being wrong doesn’t seem enough, since scholars habitually find the stance, large ideas, and particular arguments of their colleagues defective or wrongheaded.

The decay of overripe forms of civilization is as suggestive a spectacle as the growth of new ones. If history is, however, as Huizinga himself thought. The Autumn of the Middle Ages History, medieval studies. Trivia About The Waning of the Calamities and indigence were more afflicting than at present; it was more difficult to guard against them, and to find solace. The Greek gods have large wings outside their ermine mantles… Saturn devouring his children, Midas awarding the prize, are simply ridiculous and devoid of all charm… we have come to the limit of the creative faculty of these artists.

Directories Courses Discussion Groups. I am merely a general reader of history, but I found this very dense book to be still thoroughly enjoyable. Jul 17, Ivan rated it it was amazing. See 1 question about The Waning of the Middle Ages…. Huizinga nos acerca a esta realidad, con un estudio muy profundo. Generally I found these somewhat difficult, particularly XXI. De anekdotes waren zo nu en dan zeer smakelijk; van het gebruik in de Middeleeuwen om doden nog even te make-uppen wanneer ze begraven werden tot omgangsvormen die tot een error leidden, het staat er bondig maar leuk in beschreven.

As the forms’ vitality fails, the medieval ways become exhausted. For example, Huizinga conveys the period’s decline by his repetition of categories of excess. I was pleasantly surprised at Huizinga’s writing style, which for the most part was quite interesting and engaging. The triumph of the Renaissance was to consist in replacing this meticulous realism by breadth and simplicity. Gibbon, by con- trast, created his subject, transposing Tacitus’s sour end-of-the-world tone to what he hoped was a real end of sorts-the fall of the empire-go on as it would.


As revealing, however, was his decision to adopt the metaphor of seasonality something he somewhat regretted [xxi]which made it inevitable and natural for a civilization to come to a crisis. The fif- teenth century was more often discussed as a justification for the transport to summer, as prolegomenon to Renaissance and Reformation.

It analyzes the nature of both the plastic arts and the literary, religion and symbolism, chivalry and politics, and love and pessimism to the Medieval mind. The equally long index however is very good. Notwithstanding the vigor and depth of his philosophy of history, Huizinga has had a hard time influencing practicing historians. 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.

Nevertheless, he achieved something unusually potent by his willing- ness to step fully into a period that was closely associated with failure, with much worth escaping, with darkness, and a wild pattern of wrinkles on a cheek so unlike our own. The focus here is on northern France and the Low Countries, but Huizinga’s vision is wide-ranging and informed. Translated by Rodney J. My library Help Advanced Book Search. I am not nearly enough of a historian huizinha rate this book as overall correct or incorrect.

One sges the many sources of that orthodoxy’s prose style is crucial: One of the achievenlents of deconstructivists. Johan Huizinga was a Dutch historian and one of the founders of modern cultural history.

Autumn of the Middle Ages: A Century Later

For a long time now historians and espe- cially philosophers of history have been criticizing the objectivity account of his- tory. It’s difficult to balance the merits of this book against its faults.

To understand how the culture was aging is to understand an entirety.

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