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A Distant Mirror: the Calamitous 14th Century (original 1978; edition 1981)


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The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated "Books of hours"; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague. Barbara Tuchman reveals both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived. Here are the guilty passions, loyalties and treacheries, political assassinations, sea battles and sieges, corruption in high places and a yearning for reform, satire and humor, sorcery and demonology, and lust and sadism on the stage. Here are proud cardinals, beggars, feminists, university scholars, grocers, bankers, mercenaries, mystics, lawyers and tax collectors, and, dominating all, the knight in his valor and "furious follies," a "terrible worm in an iron cocoon."… (more)
Title:A Distant Mirror: the Calamitous 14th Century
Info:Ballantine Books (1981), Edition: 1, Paperback, 677 pages
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Tags:history, 1300s, france, plague

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


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Wow, truly a terrible time to be alive. I never thought about how most everyone back then was "young" because most people were dead by their forties, if not their first birthday.

Her author photo is very inspiring to me:
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  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
History that reads like a novel with Engerrand De Coucy as the main character and what a harrowing trip it is. Were there any truly righteous men or women? Makes one look at current events in a different light. ( )
1 vote charlie68 | Oct 15, 2019 |
Notable portions:

- Her quotes on little boys, "always hungry; no sooner clean than dirt again." (timeless)

- Description of black death causing parents to forsake children

- Account of Great Schism and Urban's mad rule as pope. ( )
  revspotts | Oct 4, 2019 |
I spent so long taking notes on years ago in the SCA -never thought I'd need those notes for my thesis! ( )
  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
I spent so long taking notes on years ago in the SCA -never thought I'd need those notes for my thesis! ( )
  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
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Tuchman, Barbaraprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sliedrecht-Smit, J.C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spaans-van der Bijl, J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vries, S. deEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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