The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino

By Elaine Sciolino

A pleasant and beguiling examine existence on a small Paris street.
Elaine Sciolino, the previous Paris bureau leader of the New York instances, invitations us on a travel of her favourite Parisian highway. "I can by no means be unhappy at the rue des Martyrs," Sciolino explains, as she celebrates the neighborhood's wealthy heritage and colourful lives. whereas many towns be afflicted by the leveling results of globalization, the rue des Martyrs continues its certain attract. Sciolino finds the charms and idiosyncrasies of this highway and its longtime residents―the Tunisian greengrocer, the husband-and-wife cheesemongers, the showman who's been working a transvestite cabaret for greater than part a century, the landlord of a 100-year-old bookshop, the lady who maintenance eighteenth-century mercury barometers―making Paris come alive in all its particular majesty. the one road in Paris will make readers hungry for Paris, for cheese and wine, and for the type of highway lifestyles that's all too quick disappearing. 25 photographs.

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Bon Courage! by Richard Wiles

By Richard Wiles

A dilapidated, rat-infested stone barn set amidst 13 acres of overgrown wooded area and unkempt pasture is probably not many people's imaginative and prescient of a possible dream domestic. yet for English couple Richard and his spouse Al, the cavernous, oak-beamed construction in a sleepy hamlet of the Limousin sector of France is ideal. Tussles with French forms allied with fierce storms that wreak havoc at the estate do little to hose down unravel as they immerse themselves within the calm of this quiet nook of France, taking journeys in Richard's balloon and beginning their own llama farm. Their colourful, frequently eccentric pals are regularly able to be in agreement: the jovial ex-Gendarme and his spouse, who's capable of foretell the elements; a lonely widow who deals copious quantities of gateaux in trade for convivial chat; and a brawny cattleman with suspicious explanations in providing to scrub up the couple's land. This frequently hilarious and heartwarming story is certainly one of stumbling blocks triumph over and goals fulfilled.

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Crécy 1346: Triumph of the longbow by David Nicolle

By David Nicolle

The conflict of Crecy used to be the 1st significant land conflict of the Hundred Years conflict (1337-1453). It pitted the French military, then thought of the simplest in Europe, and their miscellaneous allies opposed to the English less than King Edward III and the ‘Black Prince’, who as but had no nice army acceptance; this was once the conflict the place he ‘won his spurs’. The Genoese crossbowmen have been outshot by way of the English longbows and the trend was once set for the remainder of the day: the French cavalry have been dedicated piecemeal in fruitless fees opposed to powerful English positions, wasting possibly 10,000 males during the struggling with. After virtually a millennium during which cavalry had ruled the sphere of conflict, the infantryman, and especially the longbowman, now governed superb.

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The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert's Secret State by Jacob Soll

By Jacob Soll

"Colbert has lengthy been celebrated as Louis XIV's minister of finance, alternate, and undefined. extra lately, he has been seen as his minister of tradition and propaganda. during this full of life and persuasive booklet, Jake Soll has given us a 3rd Colbert, the knowledge manager."
---Peter Burke, college of Cambridge

"Jacob Soll supplies us a street map drawn from the French country lower than Colbert. With a beautiful cognizance to aspect Colbert used wisdom within the carrier of enhancing
royal strength. Jacob Soll's scholarship is impeccable and his tale long
overdue and compelling."
---Margaret Jacob, college of California, Los Angeles

"Nowadays we know that info is the major to energy, and that the masters of data rule the realm. Jacob Soll teaches us that Jean-Baptiste Colbert had grasped this precept 3 and a part centuries in the past, and used it to build a brand new type of nation. This ingenious, erudite, and powerfully written booklet re-creates the historical past of libraries and information in early smooth Europe, and ties them in a singular and convincing technique to the hot statecraft of Europe's absolute monarchs."
---Anthony Grafton, Princeton University

"Brilliantly researched, fantastically informed, and well timed, Soll's tale is essential for the historical past of the fashionable state."
---Keith Baker, Stanford University

When Louis XIV requested his minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert---the guy who used to be to supervise the development of Versailles and the Royal Academy of Sciences, in addition to the army, the Paris police strength, and French industry---to construct a large-scale administrative executive, Colbert created an unheard of info method for political strength. In The details Master, Jacob Soll indicates how the legacy of Colbert's encyclopedic culture lies on the very middle of the increase of the fashionable nation and used to be a precursor to business intelligence and web seek engines.

Soll's cutting edge examine Colbert's upward push to strength argues that his perform of amassing wisdom originated from concepts of church scholarship and from Renaissance Italy, the place retailers well-known the facility to be received from merging scholarship, finance, and library technology. along with his connection of interdisciplinary approaches---regarding accounting, nation management, information, libraries, service provider thoughts, ecclesiastical tradition, policing, and humanist pedagogy---Soll has written an leading edge publication that might redefine not just the heritage of the reign of Louis XIV and data technological know-how but additionally the research of political and financial history.

Jacket representation: Jean Baptiste Colbert (1619–1683), Philippe de Champaigne, 1655, The Metropolitan Museum of paintings, reward of the Wildenstein beginning, Inc., 1951 (51.34). picture © 2003 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Provence in Ten Easy Lessons (A Vintage Short) by Peter Mayle

By Peter Mayle

Nobody is familiar with Provence like liked writer Peter Mayle, and during this pleasant collection—adapted from Provence A-Z: A Francophile’s crucial Handbook—he distills his many years of dwelling in France into ten crucial classes for viewers. forsaking the well-trodden “best of” routes that may be present in any vacationer advisor, Mayle highlights neighborhood gains very important to an real Provençal event.

From ruminations at the certain charms of every season to the paintings of the siesta, Mayle brings the heat and sweetness of the province vividly to existence. And, after all, nutrition and wine additionally get their due, as Mayle expounds the benefits of pastis and an exceptional rosé, explores the secret of conventional marketplace procuring, and extra.

Evocative and intimate, Provence in Ten effortless Lessons is captivating but useful interpreting for ticketed passengers and armchair tourists, alike.

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La rébellion française: Mouvements populaires et conscience by Jean Nicolas

By Jean Nicolas

De l. a. Fronde et los angeles révolution de 1789, Jean Nicolas examine l. a. violence populaire, dans ses dimensions libératrices, passéistes et novatrices. Croisant les approches - sociologique, anthropologique, économique -, il parcourt un champ jusque-là peu exploré : los angeles vie au jour le jour, avec les cris pour le soreness, l. a. contrebande du sel et du tabac, los angeles grève à los angeles fabrique. Mais los angeles mobilisation porte aussi sur d'autres enjeux moins immédiats, autour de certitudes et d'espérances, tout ce que recouvrent les mots dignité, liberté pour l'individu porté par le groupe, pour l. a. collectivité réduite ou élargie. position est enfin faite, dans le grand récit historique nationwide, aux irréductibles, à tous les refus jetés à los angeles face des hiérarchies et des pouvoirs. l. a. rébellion constitue un mode qui a fait du heurt et de los angeles rupture le principe du changement dans l'espace français.

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Napoleon From 18 Brumaire to Tilsit, 1799-1807 by Georges Lefebvre

By Georges Lefebvre

This e-book, the 1st of 2 volumes, describes and relates the political and highbrow currents of the period ruled via Napoleon. facing the interval among 18 Brumaire, whilst Napoleon seized strength, and 1807, whilst the Treaty of Tilsit used to be signed, the paintings offers a close standpoint of the existence, politics, and technique of Napoleonic France.

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