• A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
ISBN: 0345349571
EAN13: 9780345349576
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 12, 1987
Pages: 784
Dimensions: 1.4" H x 8.2" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

A marvelous history* of medieval Europe, from the bubonic plague and the Papal Schism to the Hundred Years' War, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Guns of August

*Lawrence Wright, author of The End of October, in The Wall Street Journal

The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; on the other, a world plunged into chaos and spiritual agony. In this revelatory work, Barbara W. Tuchman examines not only the great rhythms of history but the grain and texture of domestic life: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; how money, taxes, and war dominated the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike. Granting her subjects their loyalties, treacheries, and guilty passions, Tuchman re-creates the lives of proud cardinals, university scholars, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, lawyers and mercenaries, and, dominating all, the knight--in all his valor and furious follies, a terrible worm in an iron cocoon.

Praise for A Distant Mirror

Beautifully written, careful and thorough in its scholarship . . . What Ms. Tuchman does superbly is to tell how it was. . . . No one has ever done this better.--The New York Review of Books

A beautiful, extraordinary book . . . Tuchman at the top of her powers . . . She has done nothing finer.--The Wall Street Journal

Wise, witty, and wonderful . . . a great book, in a great historical tradition.--Commentary

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