The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours: on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony - a world plunged into chaos. Barbara Tuchman anatomises the century, revealing both the great rhythms of ...Read MoreThe fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours: on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony - a world plunged into chaos. Barbara Tuchman anatomises the century, revealing both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life. Here are guilty passions; loyalties and tracheries; political assasinations; sea battles and sieges; fear of the end of the wold; corruption in high places and a yearning for reform. Here are the proud cardinals, beggars, baliffs, feminists and, dominating all, the knight in his valour and "furious follies", a "terrible worm in an iron cocoon."Read Less
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Excellent book by an accomplished historian that describes and era through the lives of people that lived it. Although not strictly political, Tuchman was able to make sense of the end of an era and at the same time showing how human action evolves over time from what went before. Receipt of the book was prompt and the copy received in excellent condition.
Oct 27, 2011
Book arrived in reasonably in good shape, although the pages were somewhat yellowed. The book itself, though, is excellent, especially for history buffs.
Sep 10, 2009
An excellent book that is full of detail and facts about the 14th century. Barbara Tuchman used numerous sources and tried to locate as many first hand accounts that still exist. It covers the black plague which first appeared during that time and the downfall of the knights and the crusades. Most of the history centers on France, which was the cultural and leading power at that time, and the troubles caused in the "civilized" world when two different men were elected Pope. It was fascinating to read how sophisticated the people were back then, as it is also called the dark ages. I would recommend this book to any history buff.
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