Ratings : 25832

Review : 1122


Published : Jul. 12, 1987

By : Random House Trade

Language : eng

Paperback : 677 Pages

Published : Jul. 12, 1987

By : Random House Trade

Language : eng

Paperback : 677 Pages

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

25832 Ratings - 1122 Review

"Wise, witty, and wonderful . . . A great book, in a great historical tradition." —Commentary

The 14th century gives us back two contradictory images: a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and a dark time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world plunged into a chaos of war, fear and the Plague. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived.



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ABOUT Barbara W. Tuchman

Barbara Wertheim Tuchman was an American self-trained historian and author and double Pulitzer Prize winner. She became best known for The Guns of August (1962), a history of the prelude and first month of World War I.

As an author, Tuchman focused on producing popular history. Her clear, dramatic storytelling covered topics as diverse as the 14th century and World War I, and sold millions of copies.