In this wonderfully readable book, Alistair Horne tells the huge and romantic story of Paris through seven ages of turmoil and change: the Middle Ages, the 100 years war, the Paris of Louis XIV, the age of Napoleon, the Commune, the Empire days of Louis-Napoleon and Eugenie, and the First World War and De Gaulle. Interweaving historical narrative with telling detail, this is a fluent and definitive work of social and cultural history. 'The best book I have read on Paris in a long time' - Gregor Dallas, BBC History Books of the Year. 'Reading Seven Ages of Paris is like taking an exciting trip in a French balloon' - Antonia Fraser, New Statesman Books of the Year . 'Provides t only a parama of the capital, but also a well-crafted history of France with a nice balance between broad overviews and engaging episodes and details' Jonathan Fenby, - The Times .
Alistair Horne is the author of many acclaimed books, including The Price of Glory, Small Earthquake in Chile and How Far From Austerlitz?, as well as the authorised two-volume biography of Harold Macmillan. In the June 2003 Birthday Honours List he received a knighthood for services to Franco-British relations.
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34 black & white illustrations, 16 colour illustrations