A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
The fourteenth century was a time of crusades and chivalry, glittering cathedrals and grand castles. It was also a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and 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. The visual descriptions in this book are masterful, making Medieval Europe seem as real as day. A Distant Mirror is an astonishing reflection of medieval Europe, a historical tour de force.
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