By Barbara W. Tuchman
The 14th century supplies us again contradictory photographs: a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and a dismal time of ferocity and religious anguish, an international plunged right into a chaos of struggle, worry and the Plague. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing either the good rhythms of background and the grain and texture of family lifestyles because it used to be lived.
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A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman