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  • Published: 15 October 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241972977
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 784
  • RRP: $35.00
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A Distant Mirror

The Calamitous 14th Century




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 Tuchmanmasterfully 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.

  • Published: 15 October 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241972977
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 784
  • RRP: $35.00
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Praise for A Distant Mirror

Beautifully written, careful and thorough in its scholarship . . . What Ms. Tuchman does superbly is to tell how it was. . . . No one has ever done this better

New York Review of Books

A beautiful, extraordinary book . . . Tuchman at the top of her powers . . . She has done nothing finer

Wall Street Journal

Wise, witty, and wonderful . . . a great book, in a great historical tradition

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