By Barbara W. Tuchman
"Wise, witty, and lovely . . . a very good ebook, in an excellent ancient tradition." —CommentaryThe 14th century provides us again contradictory photos: a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and a depressing time of ferocity and religious pain, a global plunged right into a chaos of struggle, worry and the Plague. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing either the good rhythms of historical past and the grain and texture of family lifestyles because it was once lived.
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1, pls. 8 Burning of the Jews (Bibliothèque royale, Bruxelles: Ms. 13076–77, fo. 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.
12 English archers (British Museum: Addit. mss. 42130, fo. 13 View of London (British Museum: Royal mss. 16F 11, fo. 15 The world as a globe (BN: Ms. 574, fo. 16 The child’s education (Morgan Library: Ms. 456, fo. 17 Pillage and burning (BN: Ms. Fr. 2644, fo. 18 A charivari (BN: Ms. Fr. 146, fo. 21 Burial of the plague victims (Bibliothèque royale, Bruxelles: Ms. 13076–77, fo. 23 A Cardinal (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters Collection, Munsey Fund, 1932, and Gift of John D. 26 Slaughter of the Jacques (BN: Ms.
Hillgarth, Harry A. Miskimin, Lynn White, Mrs. Phyllis W. G. Gordan, John Plummer of the Morgan Library, and, in France, Professors Robert Fossier of the Sorbonne, Raymond Cazelles of Chantilly, Philippe Wolff of Toulouse, Mme. Therese d’Alveney of the Bibliothèque Nationale, M. Yves Metman of the Archives Nationales, Bureaux des Sceaux, M. Georges Dumas of the Archives de l’Aisne, and M. Depouilly of the Museum of Soissons; also to Professor Irwin Saunders for introductions to the Institute for Balkan Studies in Sofia, and to Professors Topkova-Zaimova and Elisabeth Todorova of that Institute for assisting my visit to Nicopolis; also to Widener Library at Harvard and Sterling Library at Yale for borrowing privileges, and to the helpful and knowledgeable staff of the New York Public Library for assistance of many kinds.