A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman

"A Distant Mirror" is a historical narrative that vividly depicts the calamitous 14th century, a time marked by the Black Death, religious strife, and the Hundred Years War. The book follows the life of a French nobleman, offering a detailed account of his experiences and the broader social, political, and cultural transformations of the era. The author draws parallels between the 14th century and the 20th century, highlighting recurrent patterns in history such as warfare, pandemics, and societal unrest.

The 1382nd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 282

Since this book was first published in 1978, there is a penalty of 6.4%. The age adjusted score is 263.95.

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