Tag Archives: France

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

Posted in Book Reviews, Love & Marriage | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in American History, Book Reviews, History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in American History, Book Reviews, History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in American History, Book Reviews, History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Peasants Of The Fourth Estate

In 1789, the bankrupt French monarchy called into existence a meeting of the Estates General, which predictably and lamentably ended up creating a revolutionary maelstrom that ended up sweeping King Louis XVI and his dynasty from the throne and establishing … Continue reading

Posted in History, Musings | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Revolutionary Brothers

Revolutionary Brothers:  Thomas Jefferson, The Marquis De Lafayette, And The Friendship That Helped Forge Two Nations, by Tom Chaffin The unfortunate truth of the matter is that the lives of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis De Lafayette did not intersect … Continue reading

Posted in American History, Book Reviews, History, International Relations, Military History | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Green Guide: Brittany

The Green Guide:  Brittany, by Michelin It takes a special kind of critic to seek to rate as many things as Michelin does.  In reading this book, and I must admit that even without a burning desire to see Brittany … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Eyewitness Travel: Brittany (2017)

Eyewitness Travel:  Brittany (2017), by DK How much does a book change in four years?  If you are reading this book, the answer is not very much.  Admittedly, I did not expect my library to send me two different editions … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Eyewitness Travel: Brittany (2013)

Eyewitness Travel:  Brittany (2013), by DK Admittedly, I don’t have any plans to visit Brittany any time soon.  While some people tend to read a book like this only when they are going to a place and actively planning on … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Pètain

Pètain:  How The Hero Of France Became A Convicted Traitor And Changed The Course Of History, by Charles Williams To make a somewhat long story short, the author does not view Henri Pètain as a traitor and believes that he … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, History, Military History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment