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I only realized that “The Autumn of the Middle Ages” was a completely different version after I read the introduction. Interest waxed and waned elsewhere. Erasmus and the Age of Reformation.

The ultimate challenge for Huizinga inay well be to find the scholarly world transformed into a place of sharp and person- al prose, of as Inany quirks on the page authmn there are quirks in the classroom. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: One has to slow down to read and appreciate Huizina; at least I had to.

The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga

The quotations are printed in their original language, with a footnote at the bottom. Essential prepara- tion for understanding the new was to have a quick look at the grizzly old.

Thus his history irritated only a few eighteenth-century Whigs, becoming serviceable and then secondary to his philosophy as the nineteenth century wore on. Image in Word Huizinga’s sources and his focus on cultural forms came at the cost of downplaying the socioeconomic factors that were about to sweep historians away.


Burckhardtian in its attempt to capture the “mood” of the late middle ages, but based on a number of false premises primarily, that the Renaissance was in any way secular, and that it lacked continuity with the culture of the middle ages, which apparently decayed and actually went away entirely that add up to a distorted and unhistorical picture of the era.

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The Odyssey Homer Older review: Prose quotations appear in French, with translations preprinted at the bottom of the page, mistranslations have been corrected. My only complaint, which had nothing to do with Huizinga, was the horribly inconsistently edited and sketchy Kindle edition.

On the other side it also shows how deeply religious the life of the Medieval Europeans was and more important, why this was the case. On pageHuizinga asseverates that, “There was no great truth of which the medieval mind was more certain than those autkmn from the Corinthians, ‘For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face.

The Waning of the Middle Ages

Directories Courses Discussion Groups. Cantor puts Huiznga in his “outriders” section at the back of the book. This means that we admire books in different ways and for substantially different rea- sons at different historical mornents.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Norman Cantor, for instance, who rightly masginalizes him in his account of medieval history in the twentieth century, sniffs about his reliance on printed materials.

Aug 20, Alex rated it really liked it. Though there were princes and unicorns I learned there was a lot huizimga cruelty along with the tenderness of life.


East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Some of the status comments appear elsewhere in the review. There were quite a few quotes, some extensive, in French fortunately with English footnotesoften from authors either obscure or unknown at least to me. NF Trade softcover in stiff blue, gold and white wraps with Jean Foucquet painting to front, 8vo. The widespread fraud and duplicity assumed in some Enlightenment and Whiggish accounts are rendered irrelevant and superficial, as unconvincing as they were unsympathetic.

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Editing for conformity of style, for the reduction of personality, will help to mar- ginalize Huizinga. Forward and “new” as his work is in so many ways, he reads old.

This book is hujzinga bit of a break from that. The century is judged by the darnage it has done to its otvri norms, its forms. People never became indifferent to these sounds, no matter how overused they were. Few who have read this book in English realize that The Waning of the Middle Ages, the only previous translation, is vastly different from the original Dutch, and incompatible with all other Huizinga, however, is cominitted to the forms, to a variety of created, historicized abstractions.

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