A Distant Mirror
"Wise, witty, and wonderful . . . A great book, in a great historical tradition." CommentaryThe 14th century gives us back two contradictory images: a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and a dark time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world plunged into a chaos of war, fear and the Plague. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ElleGato - www.librarything.com
Though in some ways dated, this is still a highly informative and entertaining book about the 14th century in Europe. The book explores the catastrophes that befell 14th century Europe--mostly the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - piquant00 - www.librarything.com
Eminently readable history of Europe in the high middle ages, with parallels to our "modern" sociopolitical problems. Read full review