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A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman
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08/18/2011 page 49
7.0% "Foreword: Useful intro to the book, helpful disclaimers. Ch1: Nice overview of the Coucy family from 1000ish to 1400ish. Explanation of the three "estates" of the times. The state of France as the 14th century started. Ch2: European famines at start of 14th century. 4 big events from 1300-1320: 1) assault on the Pope, 2) Papacy moved to Avignon, 3) suppression of Templars, & 4) rising of Pastoureaux."
08/22/2011 page 70
10.0% "Ch3: As the chapter title says, tells about what we know of a typical child's life, with the few details we know of Coucy's. Plus explanations of chivalry. Much of it is odd by today's standards."
08/31/2011 page 92
14.0% "Ch4: War, beginning of 100 years war, financing a war, nobles versus commoners fighting, and English versus French stuff."
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