Barbara W. Tuchmanathe acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prizeawinning classic The Guns of Augustaonce 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 knightain all his valor and afurious follies, a a aterrible worm in an iron cocoon.a Praise for A Distant Mirror aBeautifully 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.aaThe New York Review of Books aA beautiful, extraordinary book . . . Tuchman at the top of her powers . . . She has done nothing finer.aaThe Wall Street Journal aWise, witty, and wonderful . . . a great book, in a great historical tradition.aaCommentary NOTE: This edition does not include color images.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, ...
|Title||:||A Distant Mirror|
|Author||:||Barbara W. Tuchman|
|Publisher||:||Random House - 2011-08-03|