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Download E-books The Bayeux Tapestry: The Life Story of a Masterpiece PDF

By Carola Hicks

One of Europe’s maximum creative treasures, the Bayeux Tapestry depicts the occasions major as much as the conflict of Hastings in 1066. For all its status, its origins and tale are complicated and a little cloudy. even though many suppose it was once commissioned by means of Bishop Odo—William’s ruthless half-brother—it can also were financed by way of Harold’s dynamic sister Edith, who used to be juggling for a spot within the new courtroom. during this exciting examine, medieval paintings historian Carola Hicks investigates the miracle of the tapestry’s making—including the original stitches, dyes, and weird information within the margins—as good as its complex prior. for hundreds of years it lay missed in Bayeux cathedral until eventually its discovery within the 18th century. It fast turned a logo of energy: townsfolk stored it in the course of the French Revolution, Napoleon displayed it to advertise his personal conquest, and the Nazis strove to make it their very own. choked with exciting tales, this heritage exhibits how each nice murals has a lifetime of its own.

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Download E-books Chemistry, Pharmacy and Revolution in France, 1777-1809 (Science, Technology and Culture, 1700–1945) PDF

By Jonathan Simon

This publication explores the historical past of pharmacy in France and its dating to the self-discipline of chemistry because it emerged firstly of the 19th century. It argues that an appreciation of the background of pharmacy is vital to an entire realizing of the structure of recent technological know-how, specifically the self-discipline of chemistry. As such, it presents a singular interpretation of the chemical revolution (c.1770-1789) that may, without doubt, generate a lot debate at the position of the chemical arts during this tale, a query that has hitherto lacked adequate scholarly mirrored image. moreover, the e-book situates this research in the broader context of the French Revolution, arguing that an intimate and direct hyperlink should be drawn among the political upheavals and our imaginative and prescient of the chemical revolution. the tale of the chemical revolution has often been informed by means of targeting the small crew of French chemists who championed Lavoisier's oxygen thought, otherwise his competitors. any such viewpoint emphasises competing theories and interpretations of serious experiments, yet neglects the difficult factor of who may be understood as practicing chemistry within the eighteenth century. against this, this examine strains the culture of pharmacy as a qualified pursuit that trusted chemical recommendations to arrange drugs, and indicates how one of many relevant components of the chemical revolution used to be the roughly awake disassociation of the recent chemistry from this historical chemical artwork.

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Download E-books Frommer's Portable Paris 2006 PDF

By Darwin Porter

Existence is brief. vacation trips are shorter. sit back! belief your journey to Frommer's. the simplest of Paris in a Nutshell:

  • The top locations to stick and eat—with unique costs and candid, in-depth studies so that you can plan the proper journey it doesn't matter what your wishes or budget.
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  • All the pinnacle points of interest, procuring, and nightlife—with outspoken evaluations on what is worthy some time and what is not.
  • Lots of easy-to-read maps.
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Download E-books The Unofficial Guide to Paris (Unofficial Guides) PDF

  • "Best of" listings giving our well-qualified critiques on every little thing from croissants to journeys at the Seine.
  • A district method (arrondissement) and maps to make it effortless to discover areas you must move and steer clear of areas you do not together with pleasant introductions to key Paris neighborhoods. 
  • Instead of lengthy drawn out histories, you can find concise overviews highlighting the main issues to determine and the simplest how one can see them in Paris. 

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Download E-books Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure PDF

In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and shortly the German military started a crusade of pillaging one of many resources the French carry most precious: their wine. Like others within the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, however the story in their remarkable efforts has remained principally unknown—until now. Wine and War tells the alternately exciting and harrowing tale of the French wine manufacturers who undertook inventive, bold measures to save lots of their loved vegetation and bottles because the Germans closed in on them.

By rooting the narrative within the tales of 5 favorite winemaking households from France's key wine-producing areas of Burgundy, Alsace, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and fizz, newshounds Don and Petie Kladstrup vividly illustrate how women and men risked their lives for a reason that intended saving the guts and soul of France up to preserving its economic climate. It was once a awesome partnership related to each person from the vendors of Paris's famed eating place l. a. travel d'Argent who rushed to construct a wall to hide their most respected twenty thousand bottles, to French squaddies who triumphantly reclaimed Hitler's huge, immense cache of stolen wines on the end of the war.

Wine and War portrays the valuable function wine has lengthy performed in France’s army campaigns—how Napoleon ordered wagon a great deal of champagne to maintain the morale of his armies and the way, in the course of global warfare I, large quantites of wine have been shipped to squaddies within the trenches of Northern France. by way of the start of global battle II, wine represented a dwelling for almost 20 percentage of France's inhabitants and the authors chronicle the Nazis' choice to grab keep an eye on of the French wine and its earnings. whilst, Wine and War brings to gentle the resourcefulness of wine manufacturers who hired spiderwebs to "age" fake partitions hiding their top wines, who foisted off their worst bottles at the Germans or gleefully misdirected shipments, sending champagne to Homburg rather than Hamburg, and who sabotaged trains transporting wine to Germany. It additionally recounts the heroics of winemakers who concealed Jewish refugees and smuggled participants of the Resistance around the Demarcation Line in wine barrels, in addition to the villainy of collaborators who labored with Nazi occupiers for his or her personal benefit.

Finally, Wine and War finds that the French weren't on my own in attempting to shop their wine. They bought aid from unforeseen quarters: the German weinfuhrers, the very males the Nazis despatched to requisition wine, whose shut ties to the French wine mitigated their activities, or even the collaborationist Vichy regime, which well-known the significance of preserving France's vineyards French, and avoided the Nazis from seizing the Jewish-owned Chateaux Mouton-Rothschild and Lafite-Rothschild.

Based on 3 years of analysis and interviews with the survivors who engaged during this epic firm, Wine and warfare illuminates a compelling, little-known bankruptcy of historical past, and stands as a tribute to striking people who waged a conflict that, in a really possible way, kept the spirit of France.

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Download E-books Educating Women: Schooling and Identity in England and France, 1800-1867 PDF

Progressively more heart classification households have been taking the schooling in their daughters heavily within the first a part of the 19th century, and boarding-schools have been multiplying on either side of the Channel. Schoolmistresses - not often, actually, the 'reduced gentlewomen' of 19th century fiction - weren't in simple terms frequently winning marketers, but additionally performed an immense half they performed within the improvement of the educating occupation, and within the growth of secondary schooling. Uncovering their careers and the reports in their students finds the chances and constraints of the lives of center type girls in England and France within the interval 1800-1867.

but those that crossed the Channel within the 19th century usually commented at the alterations they found among the reviews of French and English girls. girls in France looked as if it would take part extra absolutely in social and cultural existence than their opposite numbers in England. however, English ladies have been felt to take pleasure in significantly extra freedom than younger French ladies. utilizing the advance of education for women as a lens wherein to check the lives of ladies on both sides of the Channel, Educating ladies explores such contrasts. It finds that the variations saw by means of contemporaries have been rooted within the complicated interplay of differing conceptions of the position of ladies with styles of academic provision, with faith, with the country, and with differing rhythms of monetary development. Illuminating a missed sector of the heritage of schooling, it finds new findings at the heritage of the professions, at the heritage of girls and at the dating among gender and nationwide identification within the 19th century.

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