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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Het gaat over het algemeen over de overgang van de Middeleeuwen naar de Renaissance, vooral in de Bourgondisc Ein-de-lijk heb ik augumn boek uitgelezen. The period of genuine feudality and the flourishing of knighthood ended during the thirteenth century.

The Greek gods have large wings outside their ermine mantles… Saturn devouring his hhuizinga, 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.

He did have a few ideas about modernity and knowledge that will seem outdated, and he can be fairly dismissive of the achievments of the period at times. This product has limited availability outside the US.

Open Preview See a Problem? The Italians were never far away from their glorious past. Any relationship was possible. These are his great mediating terms and kinds. Huizinga’s work later came under criticism, especially for relying too heavily on evidence from the auttumn exceptional case of the Burgundian court.

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Into his- tory was built sutumn reinforced the lnanner of science, the flavor of objects, an atti- tude of mere observation of the things of the world.

There were quite a few quotes, some extensive, in French fortunately with English footnotesoften from authors either obscure or unknown at least to me. He retired for the summer to his mother-in-law’s farm, sat there in the “hot attic” with some material from the fifteenth century, and wrote the book before the fall called him back to the university.


This goes to the heart of the nature of our Postmodernity: This approach, quick and cut- ting, was especially appealing to those who needed a preface to vindicate the superiority of the modernity to follow.

How often he speaks of something being excessive, “over-,” an “oversensitive mind” and an “overabundance of devotional content” As being Dutch, it pleases me that a Dutch historian brought forward such an impressive and longlasting work.

He alludes to this, but suppresses it as if it were true but somehow irrelevant. Image in Word I am ashamed but will accept my limitations as a scholar and reader. To a significant extent, he abandons what Peter Brown has called the two-tier model of medieval religion. The English Court was a full of hatred.

See 1 question about The Waning of the Middle Ages…. Long after the Middle Ages the collections of princes contained works of art mixed up indiscriminately with knick-knacks made of shells and of hair, wax statues of celebrated dwarfs … Time the destroyer has made it easy for us to separate pure art from all these geegaws and bizarre trappings … This separation … did not exist for the men of that time.

All in all impressive, but unfortunately very outdated. 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 First of all, I would like to thank Bertrand Russell for inspiring me to read this book.

I am a history major and I still could not immediately place every historical I could not finish this book, I just could not.

The Autumn of the Middle Ages, Huizinga, Payton, Mammitzsch

A brilliantly creative work that established the reputation of Dutch historian John Huizingathe book argues that the era of diminishing chivalry reflected the spirit of an age and that its figures and events were neither a prelude to the Renaissance nor harbingers of a coming culture, but a consummation of the old.


It was the feeling of party, not of statehood. To them, the world was as good and as hte as it could be View all 7 comments.

The historians he discusses here Huizinga, Eileen Edna Power, Michael Postan, Carl Erdmann, Theodor Mommsen are not q We, at the present day, can hardly understand the keenness with which a fur coat, a good fire od the hearth, a soft bed, a glass of wine, were formerly enjoyed.

This translation corrects such errors, recreating the second Dutch edition – which represents Huizinga’s thinking at its most important stage – as closely as possible. God created the common people to work, to till the soil, to sustain life through commerce; he created the clergy for works of faith; but he created the nobility to huuzinga virtue, administer justice, and so that the beautiful members of this estate, may, through their deeds and customs, be a model for others.

And yet, Hummanist scholarship and the changes in also fount their ways here. If a work is worth reading it is worth having translated every gen- eration or so, but this begs the question: Autunm course there are others. The details have mattered less than the vision. 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 researcher was the per- son who found and refurbished facts before handing them over for use in the building of the house of history.

Very good A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Newin new condition. Oddly perhaps, Huizinga did not generate the kind of afterburn of students and research that Burckhardt did.

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