A Distant Mirror
The Calamitous 14th CenturyBook - 2014
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, Barbara W. 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."
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014.
Edition: Random House Trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: 1978
Branch Call Number: 944.025 T79DA
Characteristics: xxvii, 714 pages : illustrations, maps