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A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century (1978)

by Barbara W. Tuchman

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Series: The Mirror of the Past (1)

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Very heavy, but historically a classic. ( )
  Frances.S.Brown | Apr 26, 2016 |
A great, entertaining history of the 14th century. This book was as good reading it the second time as it was the very first time I read it. ( )
  M_Clark | Apr 26, 2016 |
Tough read. Curious time I don't know much about. Best-seller in it's time. ( )
  Bruce_Deming | Feb 5, 2016 |
Barbara Tuchman could write popuar history. I liked this just like the Guns of August. I have always been fascinated by the Black Death and its toll on society. ( )
  jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
Harrowing and infuriating. Never was there a more vivid narrative of man's inhumanity to man and the indecency of archaic thinking. ( )
  mafinokc | Oct 30, 2015 |
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May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sliedrecht-Smit, J.C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vries, S. deEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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" For mankind is ever the same and nothing is lost out of nature, though everything is altered. "

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The genesis of this book was a desire to find out what were the effects on society of the most lethal disaster of recorded history-that is to say, of the Black Death of 1348-50, which killed an estimated one third of the population living between India and Iceland.
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In this sweeping historical narrative, Barbara Tuchman writes of the cataclysmic 14th century, when the energies of medieval Europe were devoted to fighting internecine wars and warding off the plague. Some medieval thinkers viewed these disasters as divine punishment for mortal wrongs; others, more practically, viewed them as opportunities to accumulate wealth and power. One of the latter, whose life informs much of Tuchman's book, was the French nobleman Enguerrand de Coucy, who enjoyed the opulence and elegance of the courtly tradition while ruthlessly exploiting the peasants under his thrall. Tuchman looks into such events as the Hundred Years War, the collapse of the medieval church, and the rise of various heresies, pogroms, and other events that caused medieval Europeans to wonder what they had done to deserve such horrors.

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The prize-winning historian traces the major currents of the fourteenth century, revealing the century's great historical rhythms and events and the texture of daily life at all levels of European society.

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