A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century eBook ´

8 thoughts on “A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

  1. Mr. S. J. Isserlis Mr. S. J. Isserlis says:

    A fascinating study of an horrendous century and the wicked idiocy of the medieval mind and the role of the church and twisted ideas of chivalry A real page turner too This book might change your views about the benefits of having noble antecedents

  2. john robertson john robertson says:

    A wonderful, beautiful book painting a brilliant and detailed picture of France and Europe in the disastrous 14th century I would say this is one of the best and most enjoyable books of history I have ever read.

  3. I. A. Peden I. A. Peden says:

    Read this years ago, still love it Tuchman always qualifies every sweeping statement with an opposite example This historical scepticism , mixed with considerable knowledge, provides the reader with a very believable and credible history of the 14th century.Excellent , sceptical history, worthy of David Hume himself.

  4. ebats.us Customer ebats.us Customer says:

    I was delighted to receive this book as a replacement for one I had loved for about 30 years It gives an excellent view of the Middle Ages and, I believe should be required reading for all students Barbara Tuchman is a great story teller who combines fact and fiction without condescension and compromising good writing It is a modern classic.

  5. Marcus Stewert-wWlliams Marcus Stewert-wWlliams says:

    A present

  6. CasioB CasioB says:

    Read it as a young adult Fascinating , engaging and everything political and economic history at school was NOT Absolutely loved it and it has encouraged me to read much history since I will reread with pleasure.

  7. Mike Mike says:

    Arrived promptly and as described Fascinating read Read it years ago but bought it again as some aspects mirror the slimy politics of today.

  8. J. Bradshaw J. Bradshaw says:

    Needed hard concentration but had to keep on to the end Fascinating history and an eye opener on the lives of the people of that time Even when whole populations were being wiped out by the plague the survivors were still forced into fighting in the wars.

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A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century The fourteenth century was a time of fabled crusades and chivalry, glittering cathedrals and grand castles It was also a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.Here, Barbara Tuchman masterfully reveals the two contradictory images of the age, examining the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived 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 recreates the lives of proud cardinals, university scholars, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, lawyers and mercenaries, and, above all, knights The result is an astonishing reflection of medieval Europe, a historical tour de force.