A Distant Mirror : The Calamitous 14th Century

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TITLE : A Distant Mirror : The Calamitous 14th Century

AUTHOR : Barbara Tuchman

EDITION : Paperback 1979 (Pages 677)

CONDITION : Fairly old copy – some yellowing of the pages – spine is a little cracked. Book is holding together well.

NOTES : This was brought for just general period research for ‘The Immortal Bind’

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Author: Barbara Tuchman
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A classic history of fourteenth-century Europe, from the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Guns of August

The fourteenth century was a time of fabled crusades and chivalry, glittering cathedrals and grand castles. It was also a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the 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.

Granting her subjects their loyalties, treacheries and guilty passions, Tuchman recreates the lives of proud cardinals, university scholars, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, lawyers and mercenaries, and, above all, knights. The result is an astonishing reflection of medieval Europe, a historical tour de force.

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Weight .430 kg
Dimensions 19.5 × 12.5 × 3 cm