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A distant mirror : the calamitous 14th century

Author: Barbara W Tuchman
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, [2014] ©1978
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Random House trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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. Barbara 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Enguerrand de Coucy; Enguerrand de Coucy
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara W Tuchman
ISBN: 9780345349576 0345349571
OCLC Number: 905986995
Notes: Originally published in hardcover by Alfred A. Knopf in 1978.
Description: xxvii, 714 pages, 28 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: "I am the Sire de Coucy": The dynasty --
Born to woe: The century --
Youth and chivalry --
War --
"This is the end of the world": The Black Death --
The Battle of Poitiers --
Decapitated France: The Bourgeois rising and the Jacquerie --
Hostage in England --
Enguerrand and Isabella --
Sons of iniquity --
The gilded shroud --
Double allegiance --
Coucy's war --
England's turmoil --
The emperor in Paris --
The papal schism --
Coucy's rise --
The worms of the earth against the lions --
The lure of Italy --
A second Norman conquest --
The fiction cracks --
The siege of Barbary --
In a dark wood --
Danse macabre --
Lost opportunity --
Nicopolis --
Hung be the heavens with black.
Responsibility: Barbara W. Tuchman.

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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. Barbara 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 knight -- in all his valor and "furious follies," a "terrible worm in an iron cocoon."

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