A Traveller’s History of PARIS by Robert Cole

Weeks ago, my friend Lilla received a stack of books, all on some subject of European history, as a gift. Upon learning this news, I dragged myself to her house and returned a book of hers I had finished weeks ago but had forgotten to return to her. I’m surprised she let me borrow another book, given the timeliness of my book returns. After being quite indecisive, I settled for A Traveller’s History of PARIS over another book about the Hapsburg family. The Hapsburgs, for the record were the dominant family of the Holy Roman Empire. Empress Maria Theresa was the mother of Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI.

A Traveller’s History of PARIS is strictly non-fiction, unlike the other book that I read, Paris: the Novel by Edward Rutherford. Rutherford’s book used the stories of a few fictional families to trace the history of Paris, while Cole’s book is facts, anecdote, and insight. So while I did enjoy brushing up on my Parisian history (which was much more in depth than what we had covered in Euro), I definitely favor fiction, so Rutherford’s book wins. I’d recommend both, however, as good side-by-side companions. What I really did like about Cole’s work was that he vividly captures Paris as it changes, and all the disgusting violence and warfare that Paris seems prone to wasn’t too disgusting to read through. AND, he goes more in depth about my favorite French king, Henri IV, or Henri de Navarre. I learned exactly how he was assassinated: in his carrige, in horrible traffic on the Rue de la Ferronnerie, by François Ravaillac, who stabbed him three times. I also learned that Henri IV survived the most assassination attempts: at least 23! He’s my favorite king because he really cared about his subjects, unlike most of the other French kings. During the French Revolution, his statue was the only one the mob left untouched.

I hope that you read both books and enjoy the story of Paris as much as I do.

Happy reading!

Marissa

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Bonjour!

Il y a du temps que mon amie Lilla a reçu des livres d’histoire européen comme un cadeau. Quand elle m’avais dit cela, je suis allée chez elle et je suis rétourné le livre que j’avais emprunté depuis quelque semaines. J’ai toujours oublié de le lui retourner. Je suis étonnée (mais très heureuse) qu’elle me permis d’emprunter un autre livre! J’ai choisi A Traveller’s History of PARIS qu lieu du livre sur la famille Hapsbourg (ça pour la prochaine fois!). Savez-vous? Les Hapsbourgs ont été la puissante famille de la Sainte Empire Romain. Impératrice Marie-Thérèse était la mère de Marie-Antoinette, qui était la femme de Louis XVI.

A Traveller’s History of Paris, ce n’est pas un livre de fiction, contrairement à l’autre livre que j’ai lu, Paris: the Novel de Edward Rutherford. Rutherford utilise les histoires des familles fictifs pour retracer l’histoire et les événements de Paris. D’autre part, le livre de Cole a des faits, des anecdotes, et la perspicacité. J’ai aimé apprendre l’histoire, mais je préfère la fiction, donc j’aime le livre de Rutherford plus que le livre de Cole. Je pense que vous devriez lire les deux, parce qu’ils vont bien ensemble. Ce que j’aime du livre de Cole, c’est sa description de Paris pendant qu’elle change, et que la violence n’est pas trop  disgustion à lire. Aussi, Cole a écrit beaucoup de mon roi favori, Henri IV. J’ai appris exactement comment il est mort. Il a été poignardé à trois reprises tandis qu’il était dans sa chariot. L’homme qui a été responsable pour son mort s’appelle François Ravaillac. Henri IV a vivant 23+ tentative d’assassinant! Il est mon roi favori parce qu’il a aimé ses sujets au contraire des autres rois. Pendant que la revolution Français, son statue n’a pas détruit par les peuples Français.

J’espère que vous lisez les deux livres et que vous les appréciez!

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