From Jim's list on wars over the ages.
When most of us think about the 14th Century, we see it as a time of chivalry, knights, and crusades. It was anything but for most people who feared the ending of the world. It was everything that was with us still, whether corruption in high places or taxes. But it also had bankers, saints, mystics, and all the good and bad things that are with us today.
I read Barbara Tuchman’s book over a period of two months. It was a wonderful read. Each chapter offers a glimpse of the events and happenings that shaped the world as we came to know it. If you’re interested in medieval Europe, the book is a wonderful gift. It is also a book of surprises. I was intrigued to learn that “people knew the world was a globe before Columbus, where “a man could go around the world as a fly…
A Distant Mirror
Why should I read it?
4 authors picked A Distant Mirror as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
The fourteenth century was a time of fabled crusades and chivalry, glittering cathedrals and grand castles. It was also a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.
Here, Barbara Tuchman masterfully reveals the two contradictory images of the age, examining the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived: 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 recreates the lives of proud cardinals,…
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