josie's Reviews > A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
1055367
's review
Apr 04, 08

Read in March, 2008

A must for anyone interested in the Middle Ages, and, in particular, chivalry. While it is largely focused on France in the second half of the 14th Century, and, admittedly, not quite on same level as "The Proud Tower", it is a very good survey of the complex society which laid the foundation for so much of what Western Civilization is today.
A particularly delightful element of the book is the horror and absurdity that chivalry was in practice.
For anyone not specifically interested in the Late Middle Ages, it would still be fascinating to look at a historical period where the population declined by over half over a series of disasters, natural and man-made. May also be helpful for midterm planning in the 21st Century.
1 like · likeflag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read A Distant Mirror.
sign in »

No comments have been added yet.