La Belle France (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 512 pages
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La Belle France is a sweeping, grand narrative written with all the verve, erudition, and vividness that are the hallmarks of the acclaimed British historian Alistair Horne. It recounts the hugely absorbing story of the country that has contributed to the world so much talent, style, and political innovation.

Beginning with Julius Caesar’s division of Gaul into three parts, Horne leads us through the ages from Charlemagne to Chirac, touring battlefields from the Hundred Years’ War to Indochina and Algeria, and giving us luminous portraits of the nation’s leaders, philosophers, writers, artists, and composers. This is a captivating, beautifully illustrated, and comprehensive yet concise history of France.

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User Review  - Sara J. - Goodreads

Interesting but a cursory overview of French history. Without a proper foundation in the subject, readers may not realize the importance of certain events and people. Read full review

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User Review  - James - Goodreads

Great introduction for someone looking for a quick history. Read full review


Title Page
Abelard to PhilippeAuguste
SaintLouis to Philippe le
France Survives and Joins
The Wars of Religion
Good Sense and Good Taste
Richelieu to the Fronde
EIGHT The Age of Louis XIV
Towards the Deluge
ELEVEN The Age of Napoleon
TWELVE Restoration and Revolt

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About the author (2007)

Alistair Horne is the author of eighteen previous books, including A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954—1962, The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916, How Far from Austerlitz?: Napoleon 1805—1815 and the official biography of British prime minister Harold Macmillan. He is a fellow at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, and lives in Oxfordshire. He was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur in 1993 and received a knighthood in 2003 for his work on French history.

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