Beginning with Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul in the first century BC, this study of French history comprises a cast of legendary characters: Charlemagne, Louis XIV, Napoleon, Joan of Arc and Marie Antionette, to name a few. From the French Revolution - after which neither France nor the world, would be the same again - to the storming of the Bastille, from the Vichy regime and the Resistance to the end of the Second World War, A History of France is packed with heroes and villains, battles and rebellion, stories so enthralling that Norwich declared, "I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed writing a book more."
"A streamlined, merry romp through glorious Gaul." -Washington Independent Review of Books
[Norwich] remembered that there was a public composed of people who read books of history for pleasure, not from duty . . . [ A History of France is] a delightful book - engaging, enthusiastic, sympathetic, funny and sometimes, one has to add, quirky." -Wall Street Journal