Barbara Tuchman reveals both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived. Here are the guilty passions, loyalties and treacheries, political assassinations, sea battles and sieges, corruption in high places and a yearning for reform, satire and humor, sorcery and demonology, and lust and sadism on the stage. Here are proud cardinals, beggars, feminists, university scholars, grocers, bankers, mercenaries, mystics, lawyers, and tax collectors, and, dominating all, the knight in his valor and "furious follies", a "terrible worm in an iron cocoon".
©1978 Barbara W. Tuchman; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"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." (New York Review of Books)
"Barbara Tuchman at the top of her powers....A beautiful, extraordinary book....She has done nothing finer." (Wall Street Journal)
I could not get through this. I had to stop about half way through. The author definatly knows her stuff but did not present it in a way that would keep the reader motivated to want more.
Too many dates, names and places to memorize or keep up with. Probably a very good book for reading...but it is too hard to listen too. I kept having to re listen to parts to make sense of what was happening.
An interesting topic, but way too long and too much detail. A true history buff may appreciate this book, but for anyone interested in an overview of the middle ages I'd suggest you keep looking. This is the only audible book I finally gave up on because it was too hard to follow the general storyline.
This book does contain a LOT of information but it is read so matter of factly and swiftly (you get a few paragraphs of info for each event if that much) so that nothing really makes much impact. Kind of runs together. It's not a bad book-just not a GREAT book.
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