A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century pdf epub fb2

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W Tuchman pdf epub fb2

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century Author: Barbara W Tuchman
Title: A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
ISBN: 0140054073
ISBN13: 978-0140054071
Other Formats: mobi txt docx lit
Pages: 704 pages
Publisher: Penguin Putnam~trade (September 25, 1980)
Language: English
Category: History
Size PDF version: 1604 kb
Size EPUB version: 1536 kb
Subcategory: Europe




The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague. Barbara Tuchman reveals both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived. Here are the guilty passions, loyalties and treacheries, political assassinations, sea battles and sieges, corruption in high places and a yearning for reform, satire and humor, sorcery and demonology, and lust and sadism on the stage. Here are proud cardinals, beggars, feminists, university scholars, grocers, bankers, mercenaries, mystics, lawyers and tax collectors, and, dominating all, the knight in his valor and "furious follies," a "terrible worm in an iron cocoon."