France : A History: from Gaul to de Gaulle by John Julius Norwich

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  • Title: France : A Historical past: from Gaul to de Gaulle
  • Author: John Julius Norwich
  • Category: European Historical past
  • Date: 05 Apr 2018
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: 400
  • ISBN: 1473663830

 

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I can nonetheless really feel, as if it had been yesterday, the thrill of my first Channel crossing (as a baby of practically 7) in September 1936; the regiment of porters, smelling asphyxiatingly of garlic of their blue-green blousons; the raucous sound throughout me of spoken French; the immense fields of Normandy surprisingly devoid of hedges; then the Gare du Nord at twilight, the policemen with their kepis and their little snow-white batons; and my first sight of the Eiffel Tower…This e-book is written within the perception that the common English-speaking man or lady has remarkably little information of French historical past. We might know a bit about Napoleon or Joan of Arc or Louis XIV, however for many of us that is about it. In my very own three faculties we had been taught solely in regards to the battles we received: Crecy and Poitiers, Agincourt and Waterloo. The remainder was silence. So right here is my try and fill within the blanks… John Julius Norwich (at 88) has lastly written the e-book he at all times needed to put in writing, the extraordinarily vibrant story of the nation he loves finest. From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains, to Charlemagne (hated by generations of French youngsters taught that he invented faculties) by Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and past, FRANCE is filled with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Filled with memorable tales and racy anecdotes, that is the proper introduction to the nation that has impressed the remainder of the world to stay, gown, eat — and love higher. present more

 

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