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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And a few pages into the main text, I simply couldn’t continue. A classic look at the final flowering of medieval culture a world alien in so many ways, yet whose obsessions seem all-too-familiar. Engineering the Revolution Ken Micdle. He was in touch midele Burckhardt’s assumptions and methods but unfortunately chose a subject less decisive and less productive in the central plot of European history. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

No eBook available Amazon. One of the many sources of that orthodoxy’s prose style is crucial: Or, perhaps, better stated: Contains markings on a few pages.

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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. Painting, Sculpture, the Graphic Arts from to2nd Edition. To understand how the culture was aging is to understand an entirety. The equally long index however is very good. I am ashamed but will accept my limitations as a scholar and reader. The answer is both simple and vague-a work must remain timely.


The Waning of the Middle Ages

In the translation, Fritz Hopman adapted, reduced and altered the Dutch edition—softening Huizinga’s passionate arguments, dulling his nuances, and eliminating theoretical passages. They are distinguished nlore by our locating them in different contexts and nich- es, different language games, than by what may seem intrinsic jojan them.

Comparatives, superlatives, markers of deviation from a mean that is the perfect way for a form to be are strewn throughout. Write a customer review.

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

The modern city hardly knows pure darkness or true silence anymore, nor does it know the effect of a single small light or that of a lonely distant shout 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 feeling of general insecurity which was caused by the chronic form wars were apt to take, by the constant menace of the dangerous classes, by the mistrust of justice, was further aggravated by the obsession of the coming end of the world, and by the fear of hell, of sorcerers and of devils. Language this huizjnga, inflamed with judgment, and yet still suggestive, characterizes his style, and examples could be multiplied a hundred times with- out exhausting them.

It also anticipated the cultural history of the s and historicized literary studies. Nowhere else had suspicions of royal relatives, charges against powerful servants of the crown, and secretive and judicial murders for the sake of security and partisanship so permeated the political scene as in Mirdle.

The Waning of the Middle Ages is likely to appear on anyone’s list of the ten best books ever written on medieval history, and a plausible argument would place it near the top [it’s one of the all-time best sellers on the subject] … But Huizinga stands alone and remote from the ongoing dialogues in medieval studies. I could not finish this book, I just could not. There were certainly some interesting topics on chivalry and the political process, for instance, as well as Leaders being accustomed to fighting rather than throwing the peasantry into battle.


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. In his histroiograhical tour of middle ages scholarship, Norman F. Huizinga mainly studied the Netherlands and France, while others focus on mainly Italy, like Baron, Burckhardt and so on. It is one of the greatest, as well as one of the most enthralling, historical aged of the twentieth century, and everyone will surely want to read it in autummn form that was obviously intended by the author.

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Huizinga is really not so much interested in demarking the Middle Ages from the Renaissance. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Studies in Cultural Poetics. This book is a bit of a break from that. People guarded him “day and night in the monastery of the Cordeliers; women standing watch “with their ammunition of ashes and stones ready.