A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century - Chapter 1 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 1 Summary and Analysis

The castle of Coucy is a huge building on a hilltop in Picardy. There are five towers and a donjon—a central citadel—capable of housing a thousand people, even for a prolonged period such as during a siege. The castle is built in 1223 while there are many great buildings being constructed. Most take many years for completion but the castle at Coucy is finished in seven years. That includes a subterranean network that allows passages to various parts of the buildings from the compound and even from outside the walls—a way to provide for the needs of those inside in case of a siege. In fact, there is little about the castle intended solely for the comfort of the inhabitants. Everything is created with the idea of defending the property and those within its walls. Even...

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