By Alistair Horne
La Belle France is a sweeping, grand narrative written with all of the verve, erudition and vividness which are the hallmarks of the acclaimed British historian Alistair Horne. It recounts the highly soaking up tale of the rustic that has contributed to the realm loads expertise, sort and political innovation.
Beginning with Julius Caesar’s department of Gaul into 3 elements, Horne leads us—in quickly, illuminating vignettes—through the a long time: from Charlemagne, Philippe-Auguste and the solar King, Louis XIV, to Cardinal Richelieu and Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles de Gaulle and Jacques Chirac. He indicates us a rustic that has suffered and survived possible unending battle: the Hundred Years’ battle, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars, the Franco-Prussian battle, international Wars I and II and colonial battles in Indochina and Algeria. He provides us luminous pictures of the nation’s nice leaders, yet he's as thorough and compelling in his discussions of the lives of the peasants, the haute bourgeoisie, the sansculottes of the Revolution and the good philosophers and writers, artists and composers—Montaigne, Voltaire, Balzac, Renoir, Bizet, Monet, Proust, Satie and Sartre, between them—who have assisted in shaping Western notion and culture.
This is a captivating, fantastically illustrated and accomplished but concise background of France.