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Rouen, Its History and Monuments A Guide to Strangers   By: (1787-1832)

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Théodore Licquet’s book, Rouen, Its History and Monuments A Guide to Strangers, delves into the rich history and architectural wonders of the captivating city of Rouen. This comprehensive guidebook not only showcases the writer's deep appreciation for the city but also serves as an excellent resource for travelers seeking to explore its hidden treasures.

The book begins with an engaging introduction that immediately captures the reader's attention, providing a brief overview of Rouen's history and its significance through the ages. From the Roman settlement to the Viking invasions and the pivotal role it played during the Hundred Years' War, Licquet adeptly brings the past to life, intertwining historical accounts with captivating anecdotes.

Licquet's attention to detail is particularly commendable, as he meticulously describes each of the city's remarkable historical landmarks, emphasizing their architectural significance and cultural importance. His eloquent prose transports the reader to the cobbled streets of Rouen, allowing them to vividly envision the awe-inspiring cathedrals, medieval houses, and charming squares that make the city so enchanting.

The inclusion of detailed maps and plans further enhances the practicality of the guidebook, enabling visitors to navigate the city with ease and explore its many hidden corners. Licquet's clear and concise descriptions of each site, along with suggested itineraries, provide an invaluable resource for both first-time visitors and seasoned explorers alike.

In addition to its historical and architectural focus, the book also touches upon the cultural heritage of Rouen. Licquet dedicates a chapter to the city's artistic traditions, highlighting the works of renowned painters such as Monet and Turner, who were inspired by Rouen's picturesque landscapes. These insights into the artistic appreciation of the city complement the historical narrative, adding a layer of depth and richness to the overall reading experience.

While Licquet's passion for Rouen is evident throughout the book, it would have been beneficial to include more contemporary information about the city. Although the guidebook is undoubtedly an invaluable resource for those interested in Rouen's past, a few additional practical tips, updated recommendations, and insider suggestions for modern-day visitors would further enhance its utility.

Overall, Rouen, Its History and Monuments A Guide to Strangers by Théodore Licquet serves as a remarkable tribute to the timeless beauty of Rouen. With its meticulous historical accounts, vibrant descriptions, and helpful suggestions, this guidebook is an essential companion for anyone wishing to uncover the captivating secrets of this enchanting French city.

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With a Map of the Town and Five Views.


ROUEN: EDWARD FRÈRE, QUAI DE PARIS, Near the suspension Bridge. MDCCCXL.

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Printed by I. S. LEFEVRE, successor to F. BAUDRY, 20, rue des Carmes, Rouen.



Cæsar, in his Commentaries does not speak of Rouen; Pomponius Mela, does not mention it in his Geography; Ptolemy is the first author who has noticed it. This observation alone will shew the absurdity of the numerous etymologies assigned to its name of Rothomagus, of which we have made Rouen. The least unlikely are those which have been taken from the primitive language of the country; but, even then we can only form conjectures more or less vague, as, in deriving Rothomagus from two celtic words, some have considered that this name signifies a great town; others, a town on the bank of a river; while others again a town where duties were paid... Continue reading book >>

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