- Hardcover: 704 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; Book Club (BCA/BOMC) edition (22 Feb. 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0333197526
- ISBN-13: 978-0333197523
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 3 x 29.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 571,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century Hardcover – 22 Feb 1979
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"Beautifully 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."--"The New York Review of Books"
"A beautiful, extraordinary book . . . Tuchman at the top of her powers . . . She has done nothing finer."--"The Wall Street Journal"
"Wise, witty, and wonderful . . . a great book, in a great historical tradition.""--Commentary"
Beautifully 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. The New York Review of Books
A beautiful, extraordinary book . . . Tuchman at the top of her powers . . . She has done nothing finer. The Wall Street Journal
Wise, witty, and wonderful . . . a great book, in a great historical tradition. Commentary" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Wise, witty, and wonderful . . . A great book, in a great historical tradition." Commentary
The 14th century gives us back two contradictory images: a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and a dark time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world plunged into a chaos of war, fear and the Plague. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Barbara Tuchman has an easy reading style which transports the reader into life in 14th century life in England and France. Her vehicle of choice, Enguarrand VI, makes the book palatable and dispenses with the usual "hohum way of writing an historical tome."
The reader is taken on a voyage through this period and is exposed to the trauma which was the normal life for the peasant, and the obscenity, which was the excesses of nobles and kings alike.
A highly recommended book for someone daunted by the thought of reading an historical account. This truly makes easy and excellent reading for all. We are educated by stealth such is the manner in which Tuchman entiwnes us in her story.
I suppose Longtitude made history books fashionable to read but Tuchman managed to combine a history book and a novel into a monumental book.
Only a few minor points of real criticism: the maps were wrongly placed within my edition and there could have been a few more. The book could also have done with a chronology and probably genealogical tables of the French royal family in particular.
Through this book I went on not only to read more about the age, but also to look at the writings from the period - Tuchman brought me to Chaucer, and for that I will be forever grateful!
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I was delighted to receive this book as a replacement for one I had loved for about 30 years. It gives an excellent view of the Middle Ages and, I believe should be required... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Read it as a young adult. Fascinating , engaging and everything political and economic history at school was NOT! Read morePublished 7 months ago by CasioB
amazing book about the events in the 14th century, if you read this you will be assured that we live now in the most peaceful times ever! Read morePublished 8 months ago by laros76
Wonderful book. An amazing tour of European history of the 14th century as well as being a very warm portrait of the Sire de Courcy.Published 8 months ago by David Jones
Great review of a complex and turbulent century. Really enjoyed it.Published 10 months ago by Cherri Lewis
A fascinating study of an horrendous century and the wicked idiocy of the medieval mind and the role of the church and twisted ideas of chivalry. A real page turner too! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. S. J. Isserlis
I bought this for my Kindle thinking it was a historical novel - based in factual events. However, it is more of a history text book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JohnB