The Biography of a City
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From the Roman Emperor Julian, who waxed rhapsodic about Parisian wine and figs, to Henry Miller, who relished its seductive bohemia, Paris has been a perennial source of fascination for 2,000 years. In this definitive and illuminating history, Colin Jones walks us through the city that was a plague-infested charnel house during the Middle Ages, the bloody epicenter of the French Revolution, the muse of nineteenth-century Impressionist painters, and much more. Jones’s masterful narrative is enhanced by numerous photographs and feature boxes—on the Bastille or Josephine Baker, for instance—that complete a colorful and comprehensive portrait of a place that has endured Vikings, Black Death, and the Nazis to emerge as the heart of a resurgent Europe. This is a thrilling companion for history buffs and backpack, or armchair, travelers alike.
From Publishers Weekly
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Paris: The Biography of a City
I am midway through this book and greatly enjoying it. However, I am confounded by the apparent reversal of direction of flow of the Seine that appears throughout [e.g.: "…goods from upstream were unloaded at the Saint-Germain port near to the Louvre and then moved across town by land to the Grève ports for despatch downstream…" and "A landing stage was built at Saint-Pol to allow the king to flee by water, if required, either downstream to the fortress of Vincennes or upstream to the Louvre." Perhaps I am befuddled by a British usage that differs from the American? In any case, it is a minor distraction for the moment.