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Chanter toujours

by Xavier Bisaro

Chantons toujours... Le jour de la Saint-Vincent 1795, la ci-devant église paroissiale de Sainte-Pallaye résonne de cette cinglante réponse d'un villageois aux officiers municipaux venus l'interpeller. Entouré...

The Story of the Lafayette Escadrille

by Georges Thenault

The Lafayette Escadrille was an escadrille of the French Air Service, the Aéronautique Militaire, during World War I composed largely of American volunteer pilots flying fighters. It was named in honor of the...


by Lieutenant Colonel Ewan Butler & Major J. S. Bradford

After being forced back to Dunkirk by the Germans in May/June 1940 the British Expeditionary Force in France had to be evacuated from Dunkirk by all types of ships and vessels, this the story told by a both...

Superior Women

by Jennifer C. Edwards

Superior Women examines the claims of abbesses of the abbey of Sainte-Croix in medieval Poitiers to authority from the abbey's foundation to its 1520 reform. These women claimed to hold authority over their...

Sudden Courage

by Ronald C. Rosbottom

The author of the acclaimed When Paris Went Dark, longlisted for the National Book Award, returns to World War II once again to tell the incredible story of the youngest members of the French Resistance—many...

St Vith: Lion in the Way

by R. Ernest Dupuy

This is the story of the 106th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, the last to be deployed before the end of World War Two.

Colonel R. Ernest Dupuy (1887- 1976) was a soldier, newspaperman and military historian....


by Arthur Hassall

It seems inevitable that Mazarin will always suffer by comparison with Richelieu. The latter, who has been described as the greatest political genius which France has ever produced, appeals to the imagination...


by Véronique Laflèche

Capital city, subject of legends and myths, Paris also has its own special atmosphere. It is undoubtedly among the most beautiful of all cities due to its many celebrated monuments and buildings – the Eiffel...

The Sun King

by James Perkins

Louis XIV, known as Louis the Great or the Sun King, was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who reigned as King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715. Starting on 14 May 1643 when Louis was 4 years...

My Eighty-One Years of Anarchy

by May Picqueray & Paul Sharkey

May Picqueray (1898–1983) missed none of the major events in history during her lifetime. In 1921, she sent a parcel bomb (it exploded without casualties) to the US ambassador in Paris, to protest against...

Medieval Art in Motion

by Mariah Proctor-Tiffany

In this visually rich volume, Mariah Proctor-Tiffany reconstructs the art collection and material culture of the fourteenth-century French queen Clémence de Hongrie, illuminating the way the royal widow gave...

Je t’aime

by Véronique Mortaigne

Timed to coincide with both Valentine’s Day and the 50-year anniversary of the legendary banned song Jet’aime… moi non plus, Véronique Mortaigne’s brilliantly-written book skilfully identifies the...

France and the American Civil War

by Stève Sainlaude, Jessica Edwards & Don H. Doyle

France's involvement in the American Civil War was critical to its unfolding, but the details of the European power's role remain little understood. Here, Steve Sainlaude offers the first comprehensive history...

Mass Violence and the Self

by Howard G. Brown

Mass Violence and the Self explores the earliest visual and textual depictions of personal suffering caused by the French Wars of Religion of 1562–98, the Fronde of 1648–52, the French Revolutionary Terror...

The Sober Revolution

by Joseph Bohling

Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne. The names of these and other French wine regions bring to mind time-honored agricultural and vinicultural practices. Yet the link between wine and place, in French known as terroir,...

War Tourism

by Bertram M. Gordon

As German troops entered Paris following their victory in June 1940, the American journalist William L. Shirer observed that they carried cameras and behaved as "naïve tourists." One of the first things Hitler...

The Perraults

by Oded Rabinovitch

In The Perraults, Oded Rabinovitch takes the fascinating eponymous literary and scientific family as an entry point into the complex and rapidly changing world of early modern France. Today, the Perraults are...

A History of France

by John Julius Norwich

  • Norwich has published dozens of books, but A History of France is the book he says he’s always wanted to write, and the one he most enjoyed writing: a single-volume historical narrative in the vein of his...

  • Paris on the Brink

    by Mary McAuliffe

    Paris on the Brink vividly portrays the City of Light during the tumultuous 1930s, from the Wall Street Crash of 1929 to war and German Occupation. This was a dangerous and turbulent decade, during which workers...


    by David A. Bell

    This Very Short Introduction might prove disappointing to those expecting an introduction to a very short man. Dispelling the myth of Napoleon Bonaparte's short stature, as well as the other rumors and legends,...