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    READ Seven Ages of Paris Author Alistair Horne Free download Seven Ages of Paris She is a woman I mean she is femaleAnd she is not just any female She is of colossal fameA mythical female she isA

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    READ Seven Ages of Paris Author Alistair Horne Alistair Horne õ 6 review 3 stars ? Very generous Instinct told me do not read in chrono order So I began with the 6th Age which begins w La Belle Epoue and covers W1 and moves into the 7th Age W2 and ends c 1969 Instinct was kerect Author Horne in 400 pages condenses centuries of French history and shows the importance of good writing and selectivity of material Reading about what I knew fairly well enabled me to consider what he was up toYes he writes damn well b

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    READ Seven Ages of Paris Author Alistair Horne a marvelous summary of the history of Paris I read the section on the Nazi occupation which was excellent

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    Free download Seven Ages of Paris Free read ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Alistair Horne Alistair Horne õ 6 review This review and others can be found at BW Book ReviewsFor me this book was a great big ball of meh I got it from a

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    READ Seven Ages of Paris Author Alistair Horne Free read ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Alistair Horne This book is a real mediocrity I'm living in Paris for a few months so it seemed only reasonable to read a book that is a history of Paris Well this isn't it What this is is a history of political events in France and the impact of th

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    READ Seven Ages of Paris Author Alistair Horne I really liked this survey of French history enclosed by its impact on the city of Paris itself The Seven Ages trope exists to focus on the highlights of that history though other eras are discussed when necessary In reality it is a history of France in seven major eras supplemented by the development and building of the

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    Free download Seven Ages of Paris Alistair Horne õ 6 review READ Seven Ages of Paris Author Alistair Horne I both read and listened to this book over a time period of several weeks and to me a person who is unfamiliar with a great deal of European history I found it to be a great look at Paris through time I expected it

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    Free read ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Alistair Horne Alistair Horne õ 6 review READ Seven Ages of Paris Author Alistair Horne MehIf you're looking for a history of Paris I wonder if perhaps one would just do better getting one of the excellent books on the history of France This book is an aging British scholar's love letter to Paris and it read

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    READ Seven Ages of Paris Author Alistair Horne Alistair Horne õ 6 review This book is thoroughly readable and yet ultimately disappointing I opened it expecting an account of how Paris came to take on its current form Horne does discuss this of course But his main focus is military and political history—a series of rulers great and petty who march across the stage of history usual

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    Free read ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Alistair Horne Alistair Horne õ 6 review Free download Seven Ages of Paris Incredibly disappointing While this book is marketed as popular introduction to Parisian history perhaps something lively to read before a vacation the writing is dull and oftentimes confusing Horne could not decide on an

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Free download Seven Ages of Paris Alistair Horne õ 6 review review Seven Ages of Paris ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB In this luminous portrait of Paris celebrated historian Alistair Horne gives us the history culture disasters and triumphs of one of the world’s truly great cities Horne makes plain that while Paris may be many things it is never boringFrom the rise of Philippe Auguste through the reigns of Henry IV and Louis XIV who abandoned Paris for Versail. She is a woman I mean she is femaleAnd she is not just any female She is of colossal fameA mythical female she isAnd yet she is well alive and exists todayBecause she has presence than you or I have I am talking about resplendent ParisFor if this woman is outstandingly beautiful and alluring at times she as also been violent and bloodthirsty and this mix of personas has made her eminently enigmatic and mysteriousAlistair Horne in this book traces the history of Paris through what he sees as her Seven Ages As he traces her history we see that her life has evolved around a few celebrated men Or may be it was that these men needed her when pursuing their ambitions and she knew how to position herself as these reuirements changed through history Her Seven Ages succeeded as followsLutetia a young wench from Roman times was elevated by Philippe Auguste to the status of a gentle maiden in a chivalrous and First Age Henri IV stepped in to herald the Second Age and she was the one for whom and in genuine faith and extraordinary credulity he switched religions For him this Lady was worth a Mass She sadly felt neglected in the Third Age when Louis XIV moved all splendor music and light to that upstart demoiselle of Versailles But it was Napoleon who as the hero of the Fourth Age tamed her when she became a revolutionary and instead raised her to her rightful throne of Empress of all cities In a characteristic ambitious tone he had vouched that he would make her the most beautiful city in the world And even though Horne titles the Fifth Age after the common La Commune who took over and played its jarring tune in her elegant arena it is still the age of a self appointed hero Louis Napoleon Nor is the Sixth Age one that can be honorably remembered under one single man This was a period framed and marked by horrid wars during which her enemies dared to invade her three times spanning and puncturing the Belle poue and then adding on a second Thirty Year war Her politicians had failed her Horne has identified this age with the invitation to the frivolous upstart from earlier times to come back to stage this time in strict austerity and sign the Treaty of Versailles that would supposedly expel Hell but which didn t But this long period of no heroes was a period of artists who honored her as their muse In her final and current Seventh Age we see again a hero De Gaulle who once he admitted that he could not be Emperor and put a veil over her past as Empress gave her for a fifth and still successful round the dignified and modern mantle of Lady of the R publiueBut if these five men dominated these Seven Ages we should not think that these were the only men in her life There were others many others There were those who gave her things beautiful things For example Louis IX gave her the dainty Sainte Chapelle Francois I gave her an elegant Renaissance palace to replace the rough Louvre bastion and invited the inventive Leonardo to visit and pay her homage She was given many bridges as she grew from the little island and expanded to the two sides of her river And these were all the gift of cavaliers for even the Pont Marie was not related to the virgin but designed by the architect Christophe Marie She certainly offered a fruitful ground for the creations of ingenious architects national and foreign all the way to the daring and gaudy Beaubourg conceived by the Italian Renzo PianoThe things she was given were not always strictly material objects Gabriel Nicolas de La Reynie the Chief of Police under Louis XIV gave her street lighting and this was her first step towards becoming the City of Lights To strengthen her Finances the Banue de France was organized by Napoleon and his bankers and it was also him who realized that hygiene was a sine ua non for beauty A new sewage system and greater access to drinking water were the benefits when she got her Canal de l OurcIn embellishing her some had to mutilate or exert some other traumatic changes Baron Haussmann who thanks to this entered the Senate after having been the Prefect of Police had to demolish areas so as to build avenues plotted according to a regular and structured framework and devised a new kind of housing with fa ades that would unify long street vistas The scale of Haussmann s grid of boulevards and enduring model for apartment buildings however were not entirely new During the Third Age both Le Vaux designed the prototype for the beautiful dwellings still surviving in the Marais and Le N tre plotted the Champs Elys es well suited and named for our mythical lady Some reconstructive surgery was later performed by Viollet le Duc who thought that Young Looking Middle Ages B timents were just the thing And the Would be Mutilator Le Corbusier concocted the horrifying and cruel idea of demolishing her center and build in her Right Bank a string of towers like shoeboxes over two hundred meters high Such an operation would have had a despairing and irremediable damage to this Lady s beauty Better and natural methods were applied by the intellectual Andr Malraux who prescribed a deep cleansing and whitening treatments as the most appropriate to erase the scars of age in her stone cheeks and skinIt was not always her beauty the main objective Some of her men were also concerned with her education It all started with Abelard who though a friar had a weakness for women admittedly educated women with an inclination to epistle writing and founded her first University This University later took on as her own the name of another man Robert de Sorbon the Confessor of Louis IX Subseuently Fran ois I thought not only of palaces since he founded the Coll ge de France a center of Humanism and he was followed about a century later by Richelieu who constituted the various Acad mies Language Arts and Architecture But as we know education is dangerous and in May 1968 it was in some of these centers of knowledge that trouble brewed for this bluestockingAnd it was not all things beauty and centers of learning she also needed some occupations on which she could spend and enjoy her time For her culinary interests some cooks established delicious centers such as those set up by Boulanger or Beauvilliers and many palates desired restaurants like Chez Noudet or Maxim s The Caf s fashion was uickly developed so that most people would have sat around the Caf de la Paix Caf de Paris Caf des Aveugles Her interest in music welcomed many locals such as Berlioz Debussy or Ravel or attracted ethereal virtuosos from Poland or offered a venue for the celebration of a demonic Rite of Spring for the exotic Russian And since music beckons her temples she had her Opera designed by Charles Garnier a building that became such an exemplary model that replicas sprouted later in Hanoi and Buenos Aires Knowing that obvious symbols of social differences could breed trouble she proceeded to have the Opera of the People and build in a place with no lesser emblematic meaning than the Bastille her second grand music hall Of course it was not all grand music that tuned the ears of those men who were always orbiting nervously around her She had to provide a special entertainment for those Her Moulin Rouge or the Folies Berg re or Le Chat noir became world famous as centers of naughty fun and in so doing became also sources of inspiration for her painters with Toulouse Lautrec Manet or Picasso to name just a few of those who left unforgettable images For if she has had an innumerable string of painters that have left us with a history of her countenance in particular those who exalted the richness of her city life like Pissarro or Caillebotte she has also had a series of bards who wrote copiously having falling prey to their fascination Eug ne Sue Balzac the Goncourts Zola Proust and a long etcetera have left volumes and volumes of her splendor and sualor and luxury and vice and mythical grandeur And it is for this never ending string of men that she has taken care to present herself in an exuisite toilette For even if the concept of Haute Couture had its inception in her secluded royal courts it was thanks to her Couturiers that her style would rank as the most elegant that would set the fashions openly The English Charles Worth had to establish his business there if he wanted to drape the right model but plenty of locals Pauin Poiret Dior and Gautier later exported her allure to the rest of the world And since dress nicely but with no parures could seem that she was displaying a nudity of elegance thanks to the Cartier males father and three sons and their innovative use of platinum for jewellery she set a trend that most of the European Royals would copy in their tiaras forgetting the Republican nature of their inspirational modelAs we close this book after reading about her Seven Ages we are left with a whiff of her perfume for she the Eve of very many Adams could only use a scent named Le Fruit D fenduEvoking her mystery

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Free download Seven Ages of Paris Alistair Horne õ 6 review review Seven Ages of Paris ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB S splendidly to life With a keen eye for the telling anecdote and pivotal moment he portrays an array of vivid incidents to show us how Paris endures through each age is altered but always emerges brilliant and beautiful than ever The Seven Ages of Paris is a great historian’s tribute to a city he loves and has spent a lifetime learning to know. I both read and listened to this book over a time period of several weeks and to me a person who is unfamiliar with a great deal of European history I found it to be a great look at Paris through time I expected it might be a stodgy read but it was surprisingly opinionated and gossipy with lots of little stories that make the people and the movements and the city feel three dimensional Reading this book with its huge backdrop of centuries with the strong leaders and the ridiculously ineffective leaders with its wars with its dramatic governmental changes it was oddly calming to read this history during a time of a pandemic with horrific challenges to democracy here in America reminding me to persevere just as Paris has done

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Free download Seven Ages of Paris Alistair Horne õ 6 review review Seven Ages of Paris ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Les; Napoleon’s rise and fall; Baron Haussmann’s rebuilding of Paris at the cost of much of the medieval city; the Belle Epoue and the Great War that brought it to an end; the Nazi Occupation the Liberation and the postwar period dominated by de Gaulle Horne brings the city’s highs and lows savagery and sophistication and heroes and villain. I really liked this survey of French history enclosed by its impact on the city of Paris itself The Seven Ages trope exists to focus on the highlights of that history though other eras are discussed when necessary In reality it is a history of France in seven major eras supplemented by the development and building of the city of Paris itself This book is for you if you want to read about French history with an emphasis on how the landmarks of Paris itself were conceived built rebuilt and sometimes destroyed It is useful to have a street and arrondissement map of Paris to consult if you haven t lived there or aren t very familiar with the areas and streets of the city It was written by an older historian but it reads with great care and emphasis on the idea of France as a person so in a way it is a biography of a city as the capital of a country I learned a lot and it was precisely the type of book I was looking for Probably for those with a moderate knowledge of those subjects but it would certainly illuminate a future visitor s experience by reading it

  • Paperback
  • 476
  • Seven Ages of Paris
  • Alistair Horne
  • English
  • 06 March 2020
  • 9781400034468