Tag Archives: France

Book Review: A Most Holy War

A Most Holy War: The Albegensian Crusade And The Battle For Christendom, by Mark Gregory Pregg This book is a classic example of why it is that people whose bias and worldview is as pronounced as is the case here … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Knight Who Saved England

The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal And The French Invasion, 1217, by Richard Brooks One of the more interesting aspects of English history is the myth that the English Channel has formed a strong barrier against foreign invasion. This … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blood Royal: A True Tale Of Crime And Detection In Medieval Paris

Blood Royal: A True Tale Of Crime And Detection In Medieval Paris, by Eric Jager This book is a fascinating example of crime detection in the early modern period, and a reminder that even in ages where torture was common … Continue reading

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Book Review: The French Revolution: Aristocrats Versus Bourgeois?

The French Revolution:  Aristocrats Versus Bourgeois?, by T.C.W. Blanning The most unfortunate aspect of this generally intriguing and worthwhile book is the fact that the author’s desire to debunk various Marxist historical claims about the French Revolution seems to require … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Question Of Alsace-Lorraine

The Question Of Alsace-Lorraine, by Jules Duhem This book is disappointing because it appears to indicate that the author wishes to discuss the question of Alsace-Lorraine in a balanced and fair-minded way and merely ends up repeating tired and stale … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Inviolable Pledge

The Inviolable Pledge:  March 1, 1871 – March 1, 1918, by various authors This book is a strange one, and one that made me feel a lot less friendly towards French political aims during World War I.  This work is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Les Sonnets (Louise Labé)

Les Sonnets, by Louise Labé There is something sad and seemingly inevitable about this book and its context.  The author was a southern French woman who married but had a lover and then took another lover when the first was … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Marquis Lafayette Reconsidered

The Marquis Lafayette Reconsidered, by Laura Auricchio This isn’t a bad book, per se, but it is not as good a book as it thinks it is.  The author is of the mistaken opinion that those who read books about … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lafayette: Hero Of The American Revolution

Lafayette:  Hero Of The American Revolution, by Gonague Saint Bris One has to wonder, the more one knows about the life of Lafayette, if he was well-served by his times and by his associates.  A wealthy orphan with a taste … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lafayette In The Somewhat United States

Lafayette In The Somewhat United States, by Sarah Vowell This book forgets something of vital importance, and that is that while the reader of this book may care something of what Lafayette thought and did, especially during his tour of … Continue reading

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