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The Autumn of the Middle Ages
Author: Johan H. Huizinga

ISBN: 9780226359946
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 17 August 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2 x 3.4
Description:
"Here is the first full translation into English of one of the 20th century's few undoubted classics of history." --"Washington Post Book World"
"The Autumn of the Middle Ages" is Johan Huizinga's classic portrait of life, thought, and art in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century France and the Netherlands. 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 will all other European-language translations.
For Huizinga, the fourteenth- and fifteenth-century marked not the birth of a dramatically new era in history--the Renaissance--but the fullest, ripest phase of medieval life and thought. However, his work was criticized both at home and in Europe for being "old-fashioned" and "too literary" when "The Waning of the Middle Ages" was first published in 1919. In the 1924 translation, Fritz Hopman adapted, reduced and altered the Dutch edition--softening Huizinga's passionate arguments, dulling his nuances, and eliminating theoretical passages. He dropped ...

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