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The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medic...

Nancy Goldstone

The riveting true story of mother-and-daughter queens Catherine de' Medici and Marguerite de Valois, whose wildly divergent personalities and turbulent relationship changed the shape of their tempestuous and dangerous century.Set in m...

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Published: Feb 2016

The Allure of the Archives (The Lewis...

Arlette Farge

Arlette Farge's Le Goût de l'archive is widely regarded as a historiographical classic. While combing through two-hundred-year-old judicial records from the Archives of the Bastille, historian Farge was struck by the extraordinarily ...

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Published: Feb 2015

Paris Under Water

Jeffrey H. Jackson

In the winter of 1910, the river that brought life to Paris quickly became a force of destruction.  Torrential rainfall saturated the soil, and faulty engineering created a perfect storm of conditions that soon drowned Parisian stre...

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Published: Mar 2011

In Defence of the Terror: Liberty or ...

Sophie Wahnich

For two hundred years after the French Revolution, the Republican tradition celebrated the execution of princes and aristocrats, defending the Terror that the Revolution inflicted upon on its enemies. But recent decades have brought a...

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Published: Jan 2016

The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Dea...

Tilar J. Mazzeo

Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of World War II, The Hôtel on Place Vendôme is the captivating history of Paris's world-famous Hôtel Ritz—a breathtaking tale of glamour, opulence, and celebrity; dangerous liaisons...

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Published: Feb 2015

Eiffel's Tower: The Thrilling Story B...

Jill Jonnes

The story of the world-famous monument and the extraordinary world's fair that introduced it In this first general history of the Eiffel Tower in English, Jill Jonnes-acclaimed author of Conquering Gotham-offers an eye- opening look...

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Published: Apr 2010

Holy Blood, Holy Grail

Michael Baigent

Is the traditional, accepted view of the life of Christ in some way incomplete?• Is it possible Christ did not die on the cross?• Is it possible Jesus was married, a father, and that his bloodline still exists?• Is it possible t...

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Published: Jan 2004

Marie Antoinette's Head: The Royal Ha...

Will Bashor

Winner of the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished ScholarshipMarie Antoinette has remained atop the popular cultural landscape for centuries for the daring in style and fashion that she brought to 18th century France. For the better ...

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Published: Jun 2015

The Dream of the Earth: Preface by Te...

Thomas Berry

This landmark work, first published by Sierra Club Books in 1988, has established itself as a foundational volume in the ecological canon. In it, noted cultural historian Thomas Berry provides nothing less than a new intellectual-ethi...

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Published: Jun 2015

For the Soul of France: Culture Wars ...

Frederick Brown

In the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, a defeated and humiliated France split into cultural factions that ranged from those who embraced modernity to those who championed the restoration of throne and altar. This po...

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Published: Feb 2011

The Embrace of Unreason: France, 1914...

Frederick Brown

Spanning the turbulent decades between the World Wars, The Embrace of Unreason casts new light on the darkest years in modern French history. It is a fascinating reconsideration of the political, social, and religious movements that l...

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Published: Jan 2015

Joan of Arc: A History

Helen Castor

From the author of the acclaimed She-Wolves, the complex, surprising, and engaging story of one of the most remarkable women of the medieval world—as never told before.Helen Castor tells afresh the gripping story of the peasant girl...

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Published: May 2016

French Naval & Colonial Troops 1872-1...

Rene Chartrand

France's colonial wars in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia were very largely fought by an organization completely separate from both the home-defense Metropolitan Army and the Armee d'Afrique in Algeria. The Naval Troops (Troupes...

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Published: May 2018

How Paris Became Paris: The Invention...

Joan Dejean

At the beginning of the seventeenth century, Paris was known for isolated monuments but had not yet put its brand on urban space. Like other European cities, it was still emerging from its medieval past. But in a mere century Paris wo...

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Published: Apr 2015

Martin Guerre

Alexandre Dumas

This antiquarian book contains Alexandre Dumas's work "Martin Guerre". It was first published as part of his eight-volume series "Celebrated Crimes" (1839–40), and recounts the unbelievable story of a famous cas...

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Published: Jun 2015

The Royal Life Guard, The Flight of t...

Alexandre Dumas

The Royal Life Guard is a historical romance about the suppression of the French monarchy. It is a time of change in French society and politics, King Louis XVI had sworn to defend the new Constitution but not attended the Te Deum at ...

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Published: Jul 2014

Claude Gueux

Victor Hugo

Written by Victor Hugo in 1834, "Claude Gueux" is a short story considered to be an example of early 'true crime' fiction. Within it, Hugo presents his still-developing ideas concerning societal injustice three decades befor...

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Published: Jul 2016

Under Sentence of Death - Or, a Crimi...

Victor Hugo

"Under Sentence of Death - Or, a Criminal's Last Hours" is a fictional account of the trial and sentencing of a man that ultimately leads to his death. A thought-provoking insight to a criminal's last moments, "Under Se...

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Published: Jul 2016

A Brief History of France, Revised an...

Cecil Jenkins

When we think of France, we tend think of fine food and wine, the elegant boulevards of Paris or the chic beaches of St Tropez. Yet, as the largest country in Europe, France is home to extraordinary diversity. The idea of 'Frenchness'...

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Published: Sep 2017

The Cost of Courage

Charles Kaiser

This heroic true story of the three youngest children of a bourgeois Catholic family who worked together in the French Resistance is told by an American writer who has known and admired the family for five decades  In the autumn of 1...

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Published: Apr 2017

Paris Reborn: Napoleon III, Baron Hau...

Stephane Kirkland

In the mid-nineteenth century, the Paris we know today was born, the vision of two extraordinary men: the endlessly ambitious Emperor Napoleon III and his unstoppable accomplice, Baron Haussmann. This is the vivid and engrossing accou...

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Published: May 2014

Stuff Parisians Like: Discovering the...

Olivier Magny

This book describes like no others what truly makes Paris life so unique. Olivier Magny is a real Parisian: he was born and raised in the City of Lights and shares here his spot-on analyses and priceless insights about his city. And h...

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Published: Jul 2011

When Paris Went Dark: The City of Lig...

Ronald C. Rosbottom

The spellbinding and revealing chronicle of Nazi-occupied ParisOn June 14, 1940, German tanks entered a silent and nearly deserted Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation. Subsequently, an ...

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Published: Mar 2015

The Other Paris

Luc Sante

A trip through Paris as it will never be again-dark and dank and poor and slapdash and truly bohemianParis, the City of Light, the city of fine dining and seductive couture and intellectual hauteur, was until fairly recently always ac...

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Published: Oct 2016

Les Parisiennes: Resistance, Collabor...

Anne Sebba

"Anne Sebba has the nearly miraculous gift of combining the vivid intimacy of the lives of women during The Occupation with the history of the time. This is a remarkable book." ―Edmund de Waal, New York Times bestselling a...

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Published: Sep 2017

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder...

Holly Tucker

"Tucker writes with gusto . . . high drama."―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review In the late 1600s, Louis XIV assigns Nicolas de la Reynie to bring order to Paris after the brutal deaths of two magistrates. Reynie, ...

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Published: Apr 2018
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