A Distant Mirror : The Calamitous 14th Century, Paperback Book

A Distant Mirror : The Calamitous 14th Century Paperback

4 out of 5 (26 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704 pages, illustrations (some colour), maps
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780345349576

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I reread A Distant Mirror this summer. The last time I read it was about twenty-five years ago. I was struck at how much stronger it seemed with its parallel narratives. Tuchman did a fabulous job of touching all the important aspects of the 14th century, though most particularly those in France. The papal schism, the Hundred Years War, civil war and succession issues in England and France, the Black Death; they're all there.

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I recently discarded this book. I tried to get into it over and over again, but it just did not keep my attention. I think it was because it it heavy on the politics and military history of the time, and my interests are more of the daily life and culture.

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Tuchman should have stuck to her own period around World War I. Proud Tower is great. This is terrible. I write asa specialist in 14th century England. In Proud Tower Tuchman said all statements about how wonderful things were before WWI were written after WWI, but when she wrote Distant Mirror she forgot the same applied to the 100 Years War.

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Much more of a page-turner than I anticipated. This book, which chronicles the history of the 14th Century by following one noble's life, has all the elements: war, plague, politics, love and religion. I feel not only more informed about this era, but inspired to learn more.

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This book (along with a great teacher) got me into studying the Middle Ages. This took me through a BA and MA. Excellent and engaging read.

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