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By Barbara W. Tuchman

ISBN-10: 030729160X

ISBN-13: 9780307291608

"Wise, witty, and lovely . . . a superb e-book, in a good old tradition." —CommentaryThe 14th century supplies us again contradictory photographs: a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and a dismal time of ferocity and religious ache, an international plunged right into a chaos of warfare, worry and the Plague. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing either the nice rhythms of historical past and the grain and texture of family lifestyles because it used to be lived.

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I do not think, however great my appreciation of the master otherwise, that Gibbon’s method meets the problem. Man himself was the formulator of the impossible Christian ideal and tried to uphold it, if not live by it, for more than a millennium. Therefore it must represent a need, something more fundamental than Gibbon’s 18th century enlightenment allowed for, or his elegant ironies could dispose of. While I recognize its presence, it requires a more religious bent than mine to identify with it.

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10 Christine de Pisan (BN: Ms. Fr. 835, fo. 13 Charles V receiving Aristotle’s Ethics (Bibliothèque royale, Bruxelles: Ms. 9505–06, fo. 16 The siege of Mahdia (BN: Ms. Fr. 2646, fo. 18 The Visconti device (BN: Ms. Lat. 6340, fo. 20 Froissart offering his Chronicles to Charles VI (BN: Ms. , nouv. , 9604, fo. 26 Lamentation of the Virgin (BN: Ms. Lat. 9471, fo. 27 Massacre of the prisoners at Nicopolis (BN: Ms. Fr. 2646, fo. ) Foreword The Period, the Protagonist, the Hazards The genesis of this book was a desire to find out what were the effects on society of the most lethal disaster of recorded history—that is to say, of the Black Death of 1348–50, which killed an estimated one third of the population living between India and Iceland.

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