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France: A History - John Julius Norwich

France: A History - John Julius Norwich

Title: France

Author:  John Julius Norwich

ISBN:  9781473663831

Weight:  929g

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

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.

A witty history of 2000 years of French history from legendary popular historian John Julius Norwich

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: France
Sub title: A History from Gaul to de Gaulle
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features:

The main body of the book is 358 pages, which includes two 8-page sections of colour images and photographs (colour & monochrome).

The front matter has an additional 8 pages:

Preface [5 pages]
Maps [3]

The back matter has a further 22 pages:

Epilogue [3pages]
Acknowledgements and Illustration Credits [2]
Suggestions for Further Reading [1]
Index [16]

Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: John Murray (Publishers)
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781473663831
ISBN 10: 1473663830
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 358 [main body]
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 163 x 37mm
Design Credits
Author photo: Camilla Panufnik
Jacket images: Bridgeman Images / Mary Evans Picture Library / Shutterstock
Maps: Rosie Collins

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