A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century books by Barbara W. Tuchman

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PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century books Barbara W. Tuchman--the acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prizewinning classic The Guns of August--once again marshals her gift for character, history, and sparkling prose to compose an astonishing portrait of medieval Europe.The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; on the other, a world plunged into chaos and spiritual agony. In this revelatory work, Tuchman examines not only the great rhythms of history but the grain and texture of domestic life: 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 re-creates the lives of proud cardinals, university scholars, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, lawyers and mercenaries, and, dominating all, the knight--in all his valor and furious follies, a terrible worm in an iron cocoon.

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