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Winner of the National Book Award for History
The 14th century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand a glittering time of crusades, castles, cathedrals, chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; on the other, a time of ferocity, spiritual agony–a world of chaos. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; and how money, taxes, and war dominated the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike.
“Beautifully written, careful and thorough in its scholarship...what Ms. Tuchman does superbly is to tell how it was.... No one has ever done this
better.” –The New York Review of Books
“Tuchman brings to life a century much neglected by historians in a lucid, attention-holding narrative that has much color and dramatic sweep.”–Publishers Weekly
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Maps and Illustrations; Foreword; Part One-1. “I Am the Sire de Coucy”; 2. Born to Woe; 3. Youth and Chivalry; 4. War; 5. “This Is the End of the Word”; 6. The Battle of Poitiers; 7. Decapitated France; 8. Hostage in England; 9. Enguerrand and Isabella; 10. Sons of Iniquity; 11. The Gilded Shroud; 12. Double Allegiance; 13. Coucy’s War; 14. England’s Turmoil; 15. The Emperor in Paris; 16. The Papal Schism; Part 2-17. Coucy’s Rise; 18. The Worms of the Earth Against the Lions; 19. The Lure of Italy; 20. A Second Norman Conquest; 21. The Fiction Cracks; 22. The Siege of Barbary; 23. In a Dark Wood; 24. Danse Macabre; 25. Lost Opportunity; 26. Nicopolis; 27. Hung Be the Heavens with Black; Epilogue; Bibliography; Reference Notes; Index