A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century - Barbara W. Tuchman

Title: A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

Auteur: Barbara W. Tuchman

Date de sortie: 1987-07-12 07:00:00

ISBN: 1295143396

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century - Barbara W. Tuchman

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, 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.”