Book of the Month - A Distant Mirror

This month's book review focuses on A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman. Originally published in 1987, this book is an expansive overview of Medieval French History through the life of Enguerrand de Coucy.

I'll admit that it's a long book (over 700 pages), and much of it is in academic writing. I took me two attempts to go through the book, the first being in an audio book, and the second with a hard copy of the book.

I found it both interesting and difficult. By focusing on the life of one man, it provides a stable, central character for the maddening world in France.

If you want an easy overview of Medieval France, this isn't the book to read, but if you are looking to research the time period, I would recommend this as a good overview.

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