Books on the History of France and Monaco


September 8, 2022

944. Books on the history of France and Monaco

Further Reading:

Edmund Burke Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790.

Anglo-Irish political theorist and philosopher Edmund Burke examines the challenges societies face when undergoing extreme change. He uses the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution as examples. His book warns of the dreadful consequences of mismanagement, which also apply to our own time.

Piu Marie Eatwell They Eat Horses, Don’t They? The Truth about the French, 2014.

After spending an extended time living in France, just as the Native French do, Piu Marie Eatwell corrects forty-five common myths about French society. While helping us understand the mysteries of French culture, she also reveals instances where the truth is stranger than fiction.

Johan Huizinga The Waning of the Middle Ages, 1919.

Dutch historian Johan Huizinga is considered one of the first modern cultural historians. In this book, he examines the period ending the Middle Ages in the Netherlands and France through the eyes of contemporary political and religious leaders, in addition to artists and poets, in a style as readable as any novel.

Eric Jager Blood Royal: A True Story of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris, 2014.

One of the world’s first crime detectives, Guillaume de Tignonville served as Paris’s chief law enforcement officer when Louis of Orleans was murdered in 1407. The act created a political emergency because Louis often served as leader of France in place of his insane brother King Charles. And when de Tigonville started investigating the crime, he discovered a more dangerous conspiracy than anyone would have thought possible.

Graham Robb Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris, 2010.

Through revealing little-known stories of famous Parisians, Graham Robb provides a previously unseen history of the city itself.

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