A Distant Mirror

The Calamitous 14th Century
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (28.63 hours)
Product Number: Z100097944
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483078038
Narrator/s: Wanda McCaddon
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The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague. Barbara Tuchman reveals both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived. Here are the guilty passions, loyalties and treacheries, political assassinations, sea battles and sieges, corruption in high places and a yearning for reform, satire and humor, sorcery and demonology, and lust and sadism on the stage. Here are proud cardinals, beggars, feminists, university scholars, grocers, bankers, mercenaries, mystics, lawyers and tax collectors, and, dominating all, the knight in his valor and "furious follies," a "terrible worm in an iron cocoon."

Author(s): Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2005

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Author(s): Barbara W. Tuchman
Narrator(s): Wanda McCaddon
Genre: History
Product Number DD42434
Released: Dec 01, 2005
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470820169
Author(s): Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre: History
Product Number EB00150740
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780307793690

Professional reviews

"Tuchman's history of the latter half of the fourteenth century features Enguerrand de Coucy VII, a French noble who survived wars, crusades, plagues, and all manner of religious, civil, and social strife. Nadia May renders interesting even Tuchman's most pedantic moments of scene-setting and listing of people, supplies, deaths, etc. De Coucy, at 15, takes control of one of France's largest estates following the death of his parents and even marries into the English royal family. May's reading, with impeccable French and English accents, immerses the reader in the lengthy narrative, mixing the political with the personal. Humorous asides, especially commentary from peasantry, and a wry tone, especially in the accounts of both heroic and ordinary women, enliven the telling. D.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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