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.