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A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century - Barbara W. Tuchman
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
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The author looks into the history of Western Europe between 1300 and 1450, drawing parallels with the 20th century and looks into Chaucer, Boccaccio, The Hundred Years' War, pilgrimages, plagues and revolts against a poll tax, amongst other things. Tuchman has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for... show more
The author looks into the history of Western Europe between 1300 and 1450, drawing parallels with the 20th century and looks into Chaucer, Boccaccio, The Hundred Years' War, pilgrimages, plagues and revolts against a poll tax, amongst other things. Tuchman has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for "August 1914" and "Sand Against Wind" and her other novels are "The Proud Tower", "The Zimmermann Telegram" and "Bible and Sword".
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780345910905 (0345910907)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 704
Edition language: English
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Blogs Don't Burn
Blogs Don't Burn rated it
5.0
Conflict is the engine of every narrative, but it is the engine of every individual life, every culture, and every age. Because conflict takes up so much of our time and energy, we often look to the past, the conflicts of which all have-- or at least appear to have-- cemented resolutions chronicled ...
Tolle Lege!.
Tolle Lege!. rated it
3.0 A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
I see most people seem to rate this book very highly. I don't and found the book a tough listen. I give the author kudos for presenting one of the best peeks into the start of the Renaissance at least from a mostly French perspective. A historian sometimes needs to tell a story in addition to presen...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
4.0 A Distant Mirror
I first gave this massive doorstop book a try in my teens, and the immense detail, I think, is what defeated me. I remember finding it dry and tedious (a complaint echoed in the few negative reviews.) The book's greatest strength is also its greatest weakness--its density. This is an intensely rich ...
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL rated it
0.0
Another Middle Ages history book that people dig.
Melody Murray's Books
Melody Murray's Books rated it
4.0 A Distant Mirror: Library Edition
I've been listening to this for a month, now. I think I've been through it 7 or 8 times, but I'm not remotely ready to be finished. The narrator's voice is lovely to drift off to at night, and wonderful to while away the afternoons whilst working around the house. I loved this book when I first read...
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