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A Short History of France   By: (1843-1911)

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A Short History of France by Mary Platt Parmele provides a concise and informative overview of the fascinating history of France. Set against the backdrop of political, social, and cultural movements, Parmele skillfully guides readers through key periods and events that have shaped the nation into what it is today.

One of the highlights of this book is the author's ability to condense complex historical events into easily digestible chapters. Parmele paints a vivid picture of France's early origins, delving into the development of Gaul, the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, and the subsequent influence of Christianity on the region. Her explanations are clear and concise, allowing readers to grasp the significance of these events without feeling overwhelmed by excessive historical details.

Furthermore, Parmele excels in conveying the tumultuous political landscape that France has experienced over the centuries. From the feudal system and the reigns of various monarchs to the French Revolution and the rise and fall of Napoleon, she presents a comprehensive overview of the country's ever-changing governance. The author skillfully navigates through these eras, highlighting the causes and consequences of important events and presenting the complex interplay between different factions and ideologies.

In addition to political history, Parmele also explores the artistic and cultural achievements that have emerged from France. From the Renaissance period and the groundbreaking work of artists like Leonardo da Vinci, to the Enlightenment era and the French Academy, the author presents a compelling narrative of the country's intellectual and artistic contributions to the world. These chapters provide a well-rounded view of France's historical development, going beyond politics and into the realms of cultural influence.

While Parmele's book provides a commendable overview of France's history, some readers may find the text to be a bit too condensed. Certain periods or events, such as the Hundred Years' War, could have benefited from more in-depth coverage. However, considering the intended purpose of the book as a concise history, this brevity is understandable and does not detract significantly from the overall quality of the narrative.

Overall, A Short History of France offers an accessible and engaging introduction to the rich tapestry of French history. Mary Platt Parmele skillfully brings to life the complex political, social, and cultural developments that have shaped the nation over the centuries. Whether you are a history enthusiast seeking a quick overview or a curious reader eager to learn more about France's past, this book provides a solid foundation to build upon.

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[Frontispiece: Gambetta proclaiming the Republic of France. From the painting by Howard Pyle.]

A SHORT HISTORY OF FRANCE

BY

MARY PLATT PARMELE

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

1907

Copyright, 1894, By

WILLIAM BEVERLEY HARISON

Copyright, 1898, 1905, 1906, By

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

Early Conditions in Gaul

CHAPTER II.

Julius Caesar's Conquest of Gaul Lutetia

CHAPTER III.

Birth of Christianity Its Dissemination Its Espousal by the Roman Empire Hunnish Invasion

CHAPTER IV.

The Frank in Gaul Clovis Rois Fainéants Charles Martel Mahometanism Pepin Seizes the Crown

CHAPTER V.

Charlemagne Holy Roman Empire Treaty of Verdun

CHAPTER VI.

Invasions by Northmen Normandy Given to Invaders Feudalism Decline of Kingship Ascendancy of the Church Hugh Capet "Truce of God" William the Conqueror

CHAPTER VII.

Social Structure of France Free Cities Their Creation and Enfranchisement The Crusades Philip Augustus War with King John of England Toulouse and the Albigensian War

CHAPTER VIII.

Abelard Louis IX. End of Crusades Philip III. Philip IV. and Papacy Creation of States General Popes at Avignon Knights Templar Exterminated Change in Succession

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