The Seven Ages of ParisBook - 2003
An unprecedented history of Paris -- the result of a 25-year labor of love undertaken by the renowned English historian. Beginning his narrative in the 12th century and ending in the mid-20th, Alistair Home divides the city's history into seven ages: the Medieval Paris of Abelard and Heloise and of Philip Augustus, who made the city into the intellectual capital of Europe; Renaissance Paris under the first Bourbon king, Henry of Navarre, who proclaimed the city worth a mass; the glittering 18th-century capital of Louis XIV -- the Sun King -- and Louis XV; revolutionary and Napoleonic Paris, a place both of splendor and of terror and tribulation; the 19th-century city of the Commune, the Exhibition, and the Bloody Week of 1871; the Paris of La Belle Epoque and the cultural ferment that lasted until the outbreak of war in 1914; and, finally, occupied Paris, from its worldshattering fall to the Germans in 1940 to its joyful liberation at the end of World War II. Horne's telling of the story of Paris is as impassioned as it is comprehensive, as anecdotal as it is historically informed. A landmark history of the city, and a delight for anyone who has fallen under its indelible spell.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.
Characteristics: xvii, 458 p.,  p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: The 7 ages of Paris