A Distant Mirror

A Distant Mirror

The Calamitous 14th Century

Book - 1978
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The story of the fourteenth century seen principally through the experiences of a French knight who lived from 1340 to 1397.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1978
ISBN: 9780394400266
Branch Call Number: 944.025/CouT BRMA
944.025/CouT BRSA


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Jan 12, 2016

very interesting and thoughtful history of the era and how it relates to modern times

Dec 03, 2011

A Distant Mirror

Barbara Tuchman, an accomplished historian and author of numerous histories did in 1989. She wrote a Distant Mirror in 1978. It must be a major display of hubris to attempt to write a history of a whole century and of at least half a continent: there is enough here for two or three works. To say that the Fourteenth Century is calamitous may be somewhat an understatement. The period say major changes brought about by the incursions of the Black Death; the period saw more or less continuous warfare, significant political change in both England and France and the development of the framework for the future development of Protestantism.
And yet, it is something Tuchman accomplishes with polish. Her writing style is not quotidian rather it is more elegant than prosaic. Is it well written --- of course.
In truth, this is a huge and weighty tome made to seem small only through the use of small print. Reading it in its entirety might br enough to tax the attention and tenacity of anyone except the m ost dedicated student of this particular time and place in history.

Oct 20, 2008

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