Chronicles of Old Paris: Exploring the Historic City of Light

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Museyon Inc, Nov 1, 2011 - Travel - 288 pages
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Discover one of the world's most fascinating and beautiful cities through 30 dramatic true stories spanning the rich history of Paris. John Baxter takes readers through 2,000 years of French history with tales of the kings, queens, saints, and sinners who shaped the city. Essays explore the major historic events from the martyrdom of Saint Denis near today's Abbesses Métro station to the epic romances of Heloise and Abelard, Josephine and Napoleon, and George Sand and Frédéric Chopin. Learn about the labyrinth of catacombs snaking under all of Paris and the artists who called the seedy Montmartre home in the 19th century. Then see it all for yourself with guided walking tours of each of Paris's historic neighborhoods, illustrated with color photographs and period maps.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Losing Your Head The Long Walk of Saint Denis
9
Chapter 2 Latin Lovers Héloïse and Abelard
15
Chapter 3 Libertine The Divine Marquis de Sade
21
Chapter 4 Let Them Eat Cake The Misunderstood Marie Antoinette
27
Chapter 5 Like A Breath On The Back of Your Neck The Useful Invention of Dr Guillotin
33
Chapter 6 The General and His Lady Napoleon Bonaparte and Joséphine
39
Chapter 7 Passions Playthings George Sand and Frédéric Chopin
49
Chapter 8 A Novel In Stone Notre Dame and Her Guardian
55
Chapter 19 The CorkLined Room The Past Time of Marcel Proust
125
Chapter 20 Lafayette We Are Here America and France in World War I
131
Chapter 21 Shooting Into The Crowd Surrealism
139
Chapter 22 Coco Chanel Little Black Dressmaker
145
Chapter 23 The Importance of Being Ernest Hemingway in Paris
151
Chapter 24 The Sadness of St Louis Django Reinhardt and Le Jazz Hot
159
Chapter 25 The Black Pearl She Proved Black was Beautiful
165
Chapter 26 General of the Army of the Night Jean Moulin and The World War II Resistance
171

Chapter 9 A La Dame Aux Camélias Marie Duplessis
61
Chapter 10 The Devine Creator The Eccentric Career of Félix Nadar
67
Chapter 11 The Night They Ate Elephant The Siege of Paris
73
Chapter 12 Arise You Wretched of The Earth The Paris Commune
79
Chapter 13 The Emperor of Chefs Georges Auguste Escoffier
87
Chapter 14 The Opéra Garnier One Mans Glittering Vision
93
Chapter 15 Man of Iron The Tower of Gustave Eiffel
99
Chapter 16 Montmartre and ToulouseLautrec Aristocrat Untamed
105
Chapter 17 A Touch of The Strange Maurice Utrillo and the Painters of Montmartre
111
Chapter 18 Elle Est Partie The Theft of The Mona Lisa
119
Chapter 27 The Gone World Paris and The Beat Generation
177
Chapter 28 The New Wave Truth 24 Times a Second
183
Chapter 29 Beauty is in the Streets The Student Revolution of 1968
191
Walking Tours
196
Index
280
Photo Credits
286
About Museyon
287
About the Author
288
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John Baxter is an Australian writer, journalist, and filmmaker. He is the author of The Golden Moments of Paris, Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas, The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, and We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light.

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