A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century


Barbara W. Tuchman—the acclaimed writer of the Pulitzer Prize–winning vintage The weapons of August—once back marshals her present for personality, heritage, and gleaming prose to compose an astounding portrait of medieval Europe.
 
The fourteenth century displays contradictory photographs: at the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; at the different, an international plunged into chaos and religious discomfort. during this revelatory paintings, Barbara W. Tuchman examines not just the nice rhythms of background however the grain and texture of household lifestyles: what youth used to be like; what marriage intended; how funds, taxes, and struggle ruled the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike. Granting her matters their loyalties, treacheries, and accountable passions, Tuchman re-creates the lives of proud cardinals, college students, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, attorneys and mercenaries, and, dominating all, the knight—in all his valor and “furious follies,” a “terrible malicious program in an iron cocoon.”
 
Praise for A far away Mirror
 
“Beautifully written, cautious and thorough in its scholarship . . . What Ms. Tuchman does fantastically is to inform how it was once. . . . not anyone has ever performed this better.”The ny overview of Books
 
“A attractive, amazing booklet . . . Tuchman on the most sensible of her powers . . . She has performed not anything finer.”The Wall road Journal
 
“Wise, witty, and lovely . . . an outstanding e-book, in a very good ancient tradition.”—Commentary

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