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Facts are too hazy to be believable
on 4 March 2016
The Late Mrs Tuchman wrote some excellent works however this one, an account of life in the 14th century isn't convincing. She jumps from state to state-ignoring England most of the time to assert her Americanness- so the reader doesn't get a common thread. She refers to England having a third estate. Yet England has a parliament- it is France who had first, second and third estates. She tells of pirates raiding up the English Channel and being wrecked off the Irish rocks. In the time frame she mentions the distances aren't possible in a modern racing yacht far less a medieval sailing ship that didn't do up wind sailing, leaving me wondering what else she got wrong?