Biography of a City
Hardcover ISBN: 0670033936
A history of the "city of lights" profiles it as one of the world's most culturally significant locales, in an accessible volume that covers such events as Paris's settlement at the end of the Stone Age, its role in numerous social and political revolutions, its survival of the Middle Age plague, and the cultural and architectural achievements of the Impressionist era. 25,000 first printing.
Paperback ISBN: 0307277747
The acclaimed author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII describes the life of the doomed queen of France, from her betrothal as an unsophisticated, poorly educated fourteen-year-old girl betrothed to the future King Louis XVI, through her difficult marriage in the French court, to her courage in the face of revolutionaries who sent her to the guillotine twenty-three years later. Reissue. 75,000 first printing. (A Columbia Pictures film, directed by Sofia Coppola, releasing Fall 2006, starring Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn, Judy Davis, & Asia Argento) (Biography & Autobiography)
The Age of Conversation
Paperback ISBN: 1590172140
Now in paperback, an award-winning look at French salons and the women who presided over them In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, between the reign of Louis XIII and the Revolution, French aristocratic society developed an art of living based on a refined code of good manners. Conversation, which began as a way of passing time, eventually became the central ritual of social life. In the salons, freed from the rigidity of court life, it was women who dictated the rules and presided over exchanges among socialites, writers, theologians, and statesmen. They contributed decisively to the development of the modern French language, new literary forms, and debates over philosophical and scientific ideas. With a cast of characters both famous and unknown, ranging from the Marquise de Rambouillet to Madame de Sta‘l, and including figures like Ninon de Lenclos, the Marquise de Sevigne, and Madame de Lafayette, as well as Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, Diderot, and Voltaire, Benedetta Craveri traces the history of this worldly society that carried the art of sociability to its supreme perfection–and ultimately helped bring on the Revolution that swept it all away.
Assassination, Politics, and Miracles
France and the Royalist Reaction of 1820
Hardcover ISBN: 0773524576
This remarkable story provides the backdrop for David Skuy's analysis of the Royalist Reaction and its place in the history of the French Restoration. Skuy argues that the Royalist Reaction was the product of two divergent forces: historical echoes of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire and the psychological consequences of the assassination and the miracle child. Skuy discusses Restoration political theory and the development of modern political parties. He follows the strategems of anti-royalist extremists plotting to overthrow the Bourbon regime, and details the complexities and intrigues that characterized the royal court and parliament. Skuy reveals how the assassination and the birth of the miracle child triggered a popular Royalist Reaction that changed millions of French citizens from passive observers into ardent royalists.