Cloth $69.50 ISBN: 9789087283131 Published June 2020 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Autumntide of the Middle Ages

Johan Huizinga

Autumntide of the Middle Ages

Johan Huizinga

Distributed for Leiden University Press

Edited by Anton van der Lem and Graeme Small
Translated by Diane Webb
592 pages | in color throughout | 8 1/2 x 10 3/4
Cloth $69.50 ISBN: 9789087283131 Published June 2020 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Johan Huizinga was the most renowned Dutch historian of the twentieth century, and his work ranged from medieval art to mechanization in modern America. His influential book Autumntide of the Middle Ages is still considered one of the most perceptive and influential analyses of the late medieval period. Its wide-ranging discussion of the ritual, formalism, and spirituality of medieval society makes it a classic study of life, culture, and thought in fourteenth and fifteenth century France and the Low Countries.

This new and unabridged English translation of the original text celebrates its centenary and captures the impact of Huizinga’s significant piece of historical scholarship and literature. Illustrated in color throughout, over three-hundred works of art, illuminated manuscripts, and miniatures pertinent to Huizinga's discourse are included, as well as a complete bibliography of Huizinga’s research and an updated introduction.
 
Review Quotes
The Los Angeles Review of Books

Webb’s new translation is the first English rendition of Autumntide that comes equipped with a scholarly apparatus, as well as a plethora of high-quality image reproductions of the various artworks, sites, and objects relevant to Huizinga’s text. . . . these images alone make this latest translation of Huizinga’s masterpiece a must-have. Indeed, one might be tempted to call it a coffee-table book were it not for the sparkling prose of its author (and translator), which vies with the gorgeous images adorning its every page.

Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
“I must say, if the [illustrations] are included in such a way, in high resolution, then it almost really comes back to life. And I believe it also provides to us as contemporary readers, even if you are not a historian, the opportunity to better understand the context.”
Benjamin Kaplan | the low countries

“The translator has captured the poetic qualities of Huizinga’s authorial voice without sacrificing the readability of the text...The result is a version of the text that captures Huizinga’s original voice better than either of the two previous English editions.”

“The edition is gorgeous – solidly bound with thick paper, and with high-quality illustrations of most, if not all, the works of art Huizinga mentions in his text, plus others. At the same time, the edition has been produced to a high scholarly standard. It includes all of Huizinga’s original prefaces, notes, timeline, and a reconstructed bibliography of works cited by the author.”

First Things
"This massive, gorgeously illustrated volume . . . offers a new translation of Huizinga’s classic supplemented by all sorts of useful and interesting material. It is in every way a superb production, beginning with Diane Webb’s translator’s note. If you know someone fascinated by the subject (especially someone you want to find a special gift for), you couldn’t go wrong with this. Of course, you might want to add it to your own library as well."
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