FRANCE: A History from Gaul To De Gaulle

FRANCE: A History from Gaul To De Gaulle

JOHN JULIUS NORWICH    Book Number: 86660    Product format: Paperback

'Toute ma vie, je me suis fait une certaine idée de la France.' All my life, I have had a certain conception of France. These are not only the opening words to General de Gaulle's memoirs, but also to the preface of this erudite and thorough history of France. John Julius Norwich, joined the Foreign Service in 1952 serving the embassies in Belgrade and Beirut as well as the British Delegation to the Disarmament Conference at Geneva. Being made a CVO in 1993, Lord Norwich is a dedicated historian whose love of France infuses his every word. Beginning in 58 BC and reaching across the centuries to 1945, you will admire monarchs including Philip VI, 1328, Henry III, 1584, and Louis XIV, 1715, and study battles such as the siege of La Rochelle, 1628, the Battle of Aboukir Bay, 1798, and plans for the crusades in 1145. Uncover secrets behind political movements such as the Ladies' Peace where France and the Empire could only consolidate conflict through the negotiations during the Winter of 1528-9 between Francis' mother, Louise of Savoy, and her sister-in-law, Margaret of Austria. Learn about the eight ft square wooden cages Louis XI used to keep his enemies in (even for years). Not only does Lord Norwich detail every exciting moment in history, but this companion contains fantastic colour images that paint every moment in technicolour detail, ranging from portraits of Louis XIII with Cardinal Richelieu at the Siege of La Rochelle, Charles VIII whose unsuccessful invasion of Italy in 1494 resulted in the first appearance of syphilis in northern Europe, and the great Catherine de Medici, to photos of balloons being used to communicate with the outside world during the siege of Paris in 1870, Winston Churchill and General de Gaulle in Paris on 11 November 1944, and Chateau de Chambord in Loire Valley. Paperback, colour images, 382pp.
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