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A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Apr 04, 2008

really liked it
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.
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