The Autumn of the Middle Ages


The Autumn of the Middle Ages

"The Autumn of the Middle Ages", or "The Waning of the Middle Ages", (published in 1919 as "Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen" and translated into English in 1924) is the best-known work by the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga.

Its subtitle is 'a study of the forms of life, thought and art in France and the Netherlands in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries'.

In it, he presents the idea that the exaggerated formality and romanticism of late medieval court society was a defense mechanism against the constantly increasing violence and brutality of general society. He saw the period as one of pessimism, cultural exhaustion, and nostalgia for the past, rather than of rebirth and optimism.

Huizinga's work has later come under criticism, especially for relying too heavily on evidence from the rather exceptional case of the Burgundian court. A new English translation of the book was published in 1996 because of perceived deficiencies in the original translation.

Editions

* The Waning of the Middle Ages: A Study of Forms of Life, Thought, and Art in France and the Netherlands in the Dawn of the Renaissance, transl. by Fritz Hopman, London, 1924 (many reprints).
* The Autumn of the Middle Ages, transl. by Rodney J. Payton and Ulrich Mammitzsch, Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Literature

* William J. Bouwsma, The Waning of the Middle Ages, in Daedalus 103 (1974), 1: 35-43.
* Edward Peters and Walter P. Simons, The New Huizinga and the Old Middle Ages, in Speculum 74 (1999): 587-62.

ee also

*"The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy"

External links

Sources
* [http://www.archive.org/details/waningofthemiddl007061mbp "The Waning of the Middle Ages"] , Edward Arnold & Co, 1924. Scanned book via Internet Archive.
*gutenberg|no=16829|name=Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen (In Original Dutch)Other
* [http://www.age-of-the-sage.org/history/historian/Johan_Huizinga.html Johan Huizinga's The Waning of the Middle Ages] , overview of author and book.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Outline of the Middle Ages — See also: Timeline of the Middle Ages The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the Middle Ages: Middle Ages – periodization of European history from the 5th century to the 15th century. The Middle Ages follows the… …   Wikipedia

  • Kingdom of Hungary in the Middle Ages — Kingdom of Hungary Magyar Királyság (hu) Regnum Hungariae (la) ← …   Wikipedia

  • Scotland in the Late Middle Ages — The history of Scotland in the Late Middle Ages might be said to be dominated by the twin themes of crisis and transition. It is a period where the boundaries are set by the death of kings that of Alexander III in 1286 and James IV in 1513, one… …   Wikipedia

  • Crisis of the Late Middle Ages — The Crisis of the Late Middle Ages refers to a series of events in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries that brought centuries of European prosperity and growth to a halt.[1] Three major crises would lead to radical changes in all areas of… …   Wikipedia

  • Late Middle Ages — The Late Middle Ages is a term used by historians to describe European history in the period of the 14th and 15th centuries (AD 1300–1499). The Late Middle Ages were preceded by the High Middle Ages, and followed by the Early Modern era… …   Wikipedia

  • The Cross and Crucifix in Liturgy —     The Cross and Crucifix in Liturgy     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Cross and Crucifix in Liturgy     (1) Material Objects in Liturgical Use;     (2) Liturgical Forms connected with Them;     (3) Festivals Commemorative of the Holy Cross;… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Middle Marches — The Middle Marches, also known as Mittelmarchthe, are a fictional land found in the Von Bek series of novels written by Michael Moorcock. They are described as the world in between heaven and ours .[1] The Middle Marches: historically, the name… …   Wikipedia

  • The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy —   Title …   Wikipedia

  • The Seventh Seal — For other uses, see The Seventh Seal (disambiguation). The Seventh Seal Theatrical release poster Directed by Ingmar Bergman …   Wikipedia

  • Middle Rhine — Map of the Middle Rhine St. Goarshausen, Burg Kat …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.