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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse A Distant Mirror for describing 14th century Europe
for what it really was. One horrible place to live in with constant wars and
inquisitions and plagues and more terrible ways to die than you can imagine.

A Distant Mirror
The Calamitous 14th Century
by Barbara Tuchman

A Distant Mirror (1978) - 671 pages
A Distant Mirror at Amazon.com

The 14th 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; on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony - a world plunged into chaos.

Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing to us both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; how money, taxes and war dominated the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike. Here are guilty passions; loyalties and treacheries; political assassinations; sea battles and sieges; fear of the end of the world; corruption in high places and a yearning for reform; satire and humor; sorcery and demonology; lust and sadism on the stage. Here are proud cardinals, beggars, bailiffs, feminists, Jews, university scholars, grocers, bankers, clerks, sorcerers, mercenaries, saints and mystics, lawyers and tax collectors, and, dominating all, the knight in his valor and "furious follies," a "terrible worm in an iron cocoon."

Barbara W. Tuchman achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmermann Telegram, and international fame with The Guns of August - a bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. There followed other successes, including The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (also awarded the Pulitzer Prize), The March of Folly, and The First Salute.

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A Distant Mirror
The Calamitous 14th Century
By Barbara Tuchman

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse A Distant Mirror for describing 14th century Europe
for what it really was. One horrible place to live in with constant wars and
inquisitions and plagues and more terrible ways to die than you can imagine.