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France : a history : from Gaul to de Gaulle / John Julius Norwich.

By: Norwich, John Julius, 1929-2018.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : John Murray, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: xiii, 382 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image | cartographic image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781473663831; 1473663830; 9781473679634; 147367963X.Subject(s): France -- HistoryDDC classification: 944
Contents:
Very dark indeed: 58 BC-843 -- Their own destruction sure: 843-1151 -- The gift of Excalibur: 1151-1223 -- The fatal tower: 1223-1326 -- A captured king: 1326-80 -- A foregone conclusion: 1380-1453 -- The universal spider: 1453-83 -- A warm, sunlit land: 1483-1515 -- With his usual flourish: 1515 -- 47 -- 'Well worth a mass': 1547-1643 -- 'L'Etat c'est moi': 1643-1715 -- The writing on the wall: 1715-89 -- 'I am indeed your king': 1789-93 -- 'Pas de faiblesse!': 1793-5 -- A blessing or a curse?: 1795-1815 -- The perfect compromise: 1815-48 -- 'A symbol of national glory': 1848-52 -- A sphinx without a riddle" 1852-70 -- The last manifestation: 1870-3 -- 'J'accuse!': 1873-1935 -- The Cross of Lorraine: 1935-45 -- Epilogue.
Summary: " ... This book is written in the belief that the average English-speaking man or woman has remarkably little knowledge of French history. We may know a bit about Napoleon or Joan of Arc or Louis XIV, but for most of us that's about it. In my own three schools we were taught only about the battles we won: Crecy and Poitiers, Agincourt and Waterloo. The rest was silence. So here is my attempt to fill in the blanks ... John Julius Norwich (at 88) has finally written the book he always wanted to write, the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best. From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains, to Charlemagne (hated by generations of French children taught that he invented schools) through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, FRANCE is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the perfect introduction to the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat -- and love better."-- Publisher's description.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

I can still feel, as if it were yesterday, the excitement of my first Channel crossing (as a child of nearly 7) in September 1936; the regiment of porters, smelling asphyxiatingly of garlic in their blue-green blousons ; the raucous sound all around me of spoken French; the immense fields of Normandy strangely devoid of hedges; then the Gare du Nord at twilight, the policemen with their képis and their little snow-white batons; and my first sight of the Eiffel Tower...This book is written in the belief that the average English-speaking man or woman has remarkably little knowledge of French history. We may know a bit about Napoleon or Joan of Arc or Louis XIV, but for most of us that's about it. In my own three schools we were taught only about the battles we won: Crécy and Poitiers, Agincourt and Waterloo. The rest was silence. So here is my attempt to fill in the blanks...

John Julius Norwich (at 88) has finally written the book he always wanted to write, the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best.

From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains, to Charlemagne (hated by generations of French children taught that he invented schools) through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, FRANCE is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the perfect introduction to the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat -- and love better.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Very dark indeed: 58 BC-843 -- Their own destruction sure: 843-1151 -- The gift of Excalibur: 1151-1223 -- The fatal tower: 1223-1326 -- A captured king: 1326-80 -- A foregone conclusion: 1380-1453 -- The universal spider: 1453-83 -- A warm, sunlit land: 1483-1515 -- With his usual flourish: 1515 -- 47 -- 'Well worth a mass': 1547-1643 -- 'L'Etat c'est moi': 1643-1715 -- The writing on the wall: 1715-89 -- 'I am indeed your king': 1789-93 -- 'Pas de faiblesse!': 1793-5 -- A blessing or a curse?: 1795-1815 -- The perfect compromise: 1815-48 -- 'A symbol of national glory': 1848-52 -- A sphinx without a riddle" 1852-70 -- The last manifestation: 1870-3 -- 'J'accuse!': 1873-1935 -- The Cross of Lorraine: 1935-45 -- Epilogue.

" ... This book is written in the belief that the average English-speaking man or woman has remarkably little knowledge of French history. We may know a bit about Napoleon or Joan of Arc or Louis XIV, but for most of us that's about it. In my own three schools we were taught only about the battles we won: Crecy and Poitiers, Agincourt and Waterloo. The rest was silence. So here is my attempt to fill in the blanks ... John Julius Norwich (at 88) has finally written the book he always wanted to write, the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best. From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains, to Charlemagne (hated by generations of French children taught that he invented schools) through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, FRANCE is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the perfect introduction to the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat -- and love better."-- Publisher's description.