1000 Years of Annoying the French

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Open Road Media, Mar 20, 2012 - History - 688 pages
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Stephen Clarke’s hilarious and enlightening history of the love-hate relationship between Britain and France Things have been just a little awkward between Britain and France ever since the Norman invasion in 1066. Over the subsequent thousand years of wars, treaties, and cultural rivalries, the strange relationship between these nations ranged from contentious to comic. From the Hundred Years’ War and Joan of Arc, to the American Revolution and the Louisiana Purchase, to the ascendance of Napoleon Bonaparte and dawning of the Victorian era, Clarke examines with insight and humor the misfortunes and missteps that marked British and French—and sometimes American—relations through the centuries. Fast-paced and endlessly entertaining, 1,000 Years of Annoying the French is a riveting history of western Europe’s oddest couple.

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Overall, this book is a tongue-in-cheek, big picture overview of Anglo-French rivalry (and eventually, cordiality) during the past 1000 years. However, there were a few things that annoyed me while I ... Read full review

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You can find this review along with all my others over at my blog: http://http://bookmarkedbookreviews.b... I don't usually read non-fiction. It usually reads worse than a book on watching paint dry ... Read full review


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Stephen Clarke (b. 1958) is the bestselling author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction that satirize the peculiarities of French culture. Born in St. Albans, England, Clarke studied French and German at Oxford University. After graduating, he took a number of odd jobs, including teaching English to French businessmen. In 2004, he self-published A Year in the Merde, a comic novel skewering contemporary French society. The novel was an instant success and has led to numerous follow-ups, including Dial M for Merde (2008), 1,000 Years of Annoying the French (2010), and Paris Revealed (2011). After working as a journalist for a French press group for ten years, Paris-based Clarke now has a regular spot on French cable TV, poking fun at French culture. 

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