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 anticipates the field of “Cultural Studies” in his blend of source materials and thematic chapter arrangement.

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

I am not sure they need to have done so. Way more interesting than expected. Read More, Huizings Less. Volume 16, Number 2, January pp. Account Options Sign in. Just as at midvle 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.

All in all impressive, but unfortunately very outdated. This book took me way too long to read based on the length but that’s because it was so dense.

I’ll never toss the book, who auutumn throw away that title from their bookshelf? 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.

And huizimga the end of huizonga world is expected. The translators use much of their introduction to justify the new edition.


Among other topics, the author examines the violent tenor of medieval life, the idea of chivalry, the conventions of love, religious life, the vision of death, the symbolism that pervaded medieval life, and aesthetic sentiment. Huizinga may indeed be at a crossroads because while his big book has been enjoyed and used albeit in a peculiar waya reconsideration now might fashion a Huizinga who did, eventually, inspire new research, a place in the project of active history.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Comparatives, superlatives, markers huizunga deviation from a mean that is the perfect way for a form to be are strewn throughout. What follows huizinta the urban-princes period of the medieval era, during which the dominant factors in state and society are the commercial power of the bourgeoisie and, based on it, the monetary powers of the princes.

With only a few lapses, Huizinga treats the entire culture as one object, a system wholly contained within forms of life and culture. Several touches of surface along extreme spine ends.

To me, the second title is even more evocative.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

Of course it is — it is nearly a hundred years old. Plainly, a more dynamic model would allow that there were only performances on theines of unknown provenance, that it is all inore jazz improvisation than classical precision.

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. At the level of active history Huizinga was untimely.

Their histories become to a great extent historical documents rather than works of rrctil3ehistory.


hhizinga In the short autobiography that he composed in the last decade of his life, he tells of writing Waning when he was told that his academic job was in jeopardy if he could not come up with a significant publishable book.

Huizinga believed that the boundary between what we call the Renaissance and the Middle Ages was porous, something that scholars today seem to accept for the most part.

The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga

Between hellish fears and the most childish jokes, between cruel harshness and sen- timental sympathy, the people stagger-like a giant with the head of a child, hither and thither.

Medieval tournaments were “over- laden with embellishments” 83, while the entire “knightly life form was over- burdened with ideals of beauty, virtue, and utility” Future readers should read the comment section, which has more value than my current hrrruumphs! Beautifully written, and presented here in a new rendering that’s far closer to the original text than the standard English version of “The Waning of the Middle Ages”.

He knew what he was about. These are his great mediating terms and kinds. No trivia or quizzes yet. Thanks for telling us about the problem.