Rereading Huizinga: Autumn of the Middle Ages, a Century Later explores the legacy and historiographical impact of Johan Huizinga’s 1919 masterwork a century after its publication. Often considered one of the most successful books in medieval European history, its reception has varied over the last hundred years, popular with non-academic readers, and appraised more critically by fellow historians and those more generally in the field of medieval studies. There is broad consensus, however, about the work’s absolute centrality, and the authors of this volume assess the Autumn of the Middle Ages reception, afterlife, and continued vitality.
Peter Arnade is dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Hawai'i Manoa. Among his publications are Realms of Ritual: Burgundian Ceremony and Civic Life in Late-Medieval Ghent and Beggars, Iconoclasts and Civic Patriots: The Political Culture of the Dutch Revolt.
Martha Howell is Miriam Champion Professor of History at Columbia University, New York. Among her publications are Commerce before Capitalism in Europe, 1300-1600; The Marriage Exchange: Property, Social Place and Gender in Cities of the Low Countries, 1300-1550; and Women, Production, and Patriarchy in Late Medieval Cities.
Anton van der Lem is curator of rare books at University Library Leiden. He made the inventory of the Huizinga Archives. In 2018 he edited the centennial edition of Herfsttij, richly illustrated with 300 reproductions.