The Autumn of the Middle Ages

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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 realize that The Waning of the Middle Ages, the only previous translation, is vastly different from the original Dutch, and incompatible with all other European-language translations. Now, for the first time ever, the original version of this classic work has been translated into English. Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen, or The Autumn of the Middle Ages - the original...
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Hardcover New What becomes a legend most, but a deeper realization of the legend? Huizinga's study of fourteenth-and fifteenth-century French and Dutch culture and art has been ... a bestseller (for a book about the Middle Ages, that is) since it was translated into English in 1924. Although the author approved the translation, it had many deficiencies: chapters were rearranged, passages cut, and errors made. This new edition, which is presented as the definitive version, restores Huizinga's humor and passion. Perhaps its greatest advantage over any previous edition is the fact that it includes illustrations of the works Huizinga describes. A brilliant rendering of a brilliant work. Read more Show Less

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Overview

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 realize that The Waning of the Middle Ages, the only previous translation, is vastly different from the original Dutch, and incompatible with all other European-language translations. Now, for the first time ever, the original version of this classic work has been translated into English. Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen, or The Autumn of the Middle Ages - the original title - is a brilliant portrait of life, thought, and art in fourteenth- and fifteenth- century France and the Netherlands. For Huizinga, this period marked not the birth of a dramatically new era in history, the Renaissance, but the fullest, ripest phase of medieval life and thought. Criticized both at home and in Europe for being "old-fashioned" and "too literary" when first published in 1919, the book is now recognized not only for its quality and richness as history, but also as a precursor to the Annales "histoire des mentalites" school of Marc Bloch and Lucien Febvre, two of the few reviewers who praised the book initially. In the 1924 translation, Fritz Hopman adapted, reduced, and altered the Dutch edition - softening Huizinga's often passionate arguments, dulling his nuances, and eliminating theoretical passages. He dropped many passages Huizinga had quoted in their original old French. Additionally, chapters are rearranged and redivided, all references are dropped, and mistranslations are introduced. This translation corrects such errors, recreating the second Dutch edition - which represents Huizinga's thinking at its most important stage - as closely as possible. Everything that was dropped or rearranged has been restored. Prose quotations appear in French, with translations printed at the bottom of the page. Mistranslations have been corrected. Payton and Mammitzsch also have added helpful material, including Huizinga's preface to the firs
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Rosamond McKitterick
This new translation will no doubt bring Huizinga and his pioneering work back into the discussion of historical interpretation and encourage the English-speaking world to appreciate his achievement. -- New York Times
Booknews
A classic first published in 1919, this edition is the first English translation of the original Dutch text, offering a portrait of life, thought, and art in 14th- and 15th-century France and the Netherlands, and viewing the period as the fullest phase of medieval thought rather than the birth of the Renaissance. Material dropped and rearranged in previous English editions has been restored, and mistranslations have been corrected. Includes the author's 1919, 1921, and 1924 prefaces, plus explanatory notes and b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226359922
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: Heritage of Sociology Ser.
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 490
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
Preface to the Dutch Edition
Preface to the German Translation
Ch. 1 The Passionate Intensity of Life 1
Ch. 2 The Craving for a More Beautiful Life 30
Ch. 3 The Heroic Dream 61
Ch. 4 The Forms of Love 126
Ch. 5 The Vision of Death 156
Ch. 6 The Depiction of the Sacred 173
Ch. 7 The Pious Personality 203
Ch. 8 Religious Excitation and Religious Fantasy 220
Ch. 9 The Decline of Symbolism 234
Ch. 10 The Failure of Imagination 249
Ch. 11 The Forms of Thought in Practice 268
Ch. 12 Art in Life 294
Ch. 13 Image and Word 329
Ch. 14 The Coming of the New Form 382
Notes 397
Bibliography 441
Index 451
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