A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

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Random House Publishing Group, 3 ago. 2011 - 784 páginas
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Barbara W. Tuchman—the acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning classic The Guns of August—once again marshals her gift for character, history, and sparkling prose to compose an astonishing portrait of medieval Europe.
 
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.”
 
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.”The New York Review of Books
 
“A beautiful, extraordinary book . . . Tuchman at the top of her powers . . . She has done nothing finer.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“Wise, witty, and wonderful . . . a great book, in a great historical tradition.”—Commentary

NOTE: This edition does not include color images.
 

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Review: A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

Reseña de usuario  - Anthony Meaney - Goodreads

This is largely the history of France in the 1300's with the story centering (to a degree) around one noble Enguerrand de Coucy who's life is intertwined with the major historical events of that age ... Leer reseña completa

Review: A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

Reseña de usuario  - Jeffrey Stevenson - Goodreads

Awesome book. I love the way Tuchman writes, she is very detailed and knowledgeable. It tells of a time when developing countries fumbled their way through their own growth and existence mostly surviving in spite of themselves. Leer reseña completa

Índice

The Dynasty
3
The Century
24
Youth and Chivalry
49
War
70
The Black Death
92
The Battle of Poitiers
126
The Bourgeois Rising and the Jacquerie
155
Hostage in England
185
Part Two 17 Coucys Rise
343
The Worms of the Earth Against the Lions
365
The Lure of Italy
398
A Second Norman Conquest
416
The Fiction Cracks
438
The Siege of Barbary
458
In a Dark Wood
478
Danse Macabre
494

Enguerrand and Isabella
204
Sons of Iniquity
222
The Gilded Shroud
232
Double Allegiance
246
Coucys War
269
Englands Turmoil
284
The Emperor in Paris
306
The Papal Schism
320
Lost Opportunity
517
Nicopolis
538
Hung Be the Heavens with Black 564
554
Epilogue
552
Bibliography 599
598
Reference Notes
619
Index
655
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Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989) achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmermann Telegram and international fame with The Guns of August—a huge bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include Bible and Sword, The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (for which Tuchman was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize), Notes from China, A Distant Mirror, Practicing History, The March of Folly, and The First Salute.

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