A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
By Barbara W. Tuchman
Knopf, 1978, 677 pp.
Popular history, imaginatively researched, that tells us much of the life and anguish of the fourteenth century, with its wars, social upheavals, and the Black Death. Dramatically written and ably combining narrative with interpretation, the book has already proven its great appeal, though its relation to our own time of troubles is left discreetly implicit.