A distant mirror the calamitous 14th century reanimates sire de coucy the bourbon kings and makes palpable the desire of the english crown for territory in france. The calamitous 14th century a time of war class struggle taxation endless litigation ravaging disease religious intolerance christian versus moslem feckless leaders plenty of lust torture self interest a distant mirror indeed. Indubitably no contemporary author has ever anatomized the century showing readers both the travesties that transpired and the accomplishments of the age as the world renowned historian and pulitzer prize winner barbara w tuchman in her narrative a distant mirror. A distant mirror the calamitous 14th century is a narrative history book by the american historian barbara tuchman first published by alfred a knopf in 1978 it won a 1980 us national book award in history . A distant mirror the calamitous 14th century by barbara w tuchman is a work of nonfiction that was originally published in 1978 tuchman is an american historian who aims to draw connections between the 14th and 20th centuries
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