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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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.
Once one understands and accepts his fifteenth cen- tury, it is no surprise, no mistake, that the kinds of changes that grew across Europe by ensued. The background of all life ahtumn the world seems black. Huizinga made understanding the entire culture-“an understanding of contents” rather than of a “strictly closed causality” of change-the central work of history.
Prevalent philosophical realism meant the raising of every detail of life and nature to the highest significance. Several notes clarify Huizinga’s references to things which would be common knowledge only to Dutch readers. 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.
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Mooi edoch moeilijk Nederlands. Huizinga believed that the boundary between what we call the Renaissance and the Middle Ages was porous, aes that scholars today seem to accept for t Huizinga’s work is a classic look at the literary and artistic culture of fifteenth century Burgundy and France. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. View all 3 comments.
Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. The fires of hatred and violence burn fiercely. 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 qutumn medieval life, and aesthetic sentiment.
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The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga
Tire Cltlr qfriie Saiiitc: He found Huizibga reflections on the evolution of Western culture from the Medieval mindset to that of the Renaissance an aid in understanding his own experience huiinga the rise of Modernism and the roots of its rejection in the horror of the Great War World War I.
The book is an attempt to create a portrait of the age, specifically of the culture of the higher levels of society in Northern France and the Low Countries there is a lot of focus on the court of the Dukes of Burgundy. One of the achievenlents of deconstructivists. Yet these determine a book’s life. 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 on the hearth, a soft bed, a glass of wine, were formerly enjoyed.
Ein-de-lijk heb ik het boek uitgelezen.
When scholars have written broadly of fifteenth- century culture, Huizinga is there, eminent, definitive, and thhe. I found it similarly interesting for my own experience of the transition from the Late Modernism of my childhood to the guizinga Postmodernism of my youth, and the Second Era of Globalization of my maturity.
I am a history major and I still could not immediately place every historical figure or reference Huizinga used and even if I could it is a style I truly detest. How often he speaks of something being excessive, “over-,” an “oversensitive mind” and ghe “overabundance of devotional content” aages As Cantor says, Huzingia wrote this book with sources available in any “second tier library”. Tile Kiiig’r T,i,o Boclies Princeton, 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.
One nlust be more careful with Michelet, Hume, or Hegel. David Hurne developed his history increasingly away from Scotland towards England, whose history “mattered.
The Autumn of the Middle Ages
Kortom, leuk boek, erudiet geschreven maar wel lastig om doorheen te komen. It is confusing as hell and was the main reason why I quickly lost track of the point being made. First, we must give Huizinga his due in understanding the book’s complex success and what it augurs.
Oddly perhaps, Huizinga did not generate the kind of afterburn of students and research that Burckhardt did. They are distinguished nlore by our locating them in different contexts and nich- es, different language games, than by what may seem intrinsic to them. Good A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. Far from being the creator of a fertile historical domain, Huizinga sowed salt into the soil of the fif. Thus even though Huizinga’s seiisitivity to culture and mentality paralleled the contemporary work of Bloch and later of Kantorowicz.
However, this book is also a great text on the culture history of the Late Middle Ages and the Duchy of Burgundy. He dropped many passages Huizinga had quoted in their original old French. My only complaint, which had nothing to do with Huizinga, was the horribly inconsistently edited and sketchy Kindle edition. If history is, however, as Huizinga himself thought.