Notre-Dame: A History

Notre-Dame: A History

by Richard Winston

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The "aged queen of French cathedrals," Victor Hugo called Notre-Dame. And ancient it was - nearly 700 years had passed since the Bishop Maurice de Sully decided that Paris needed a cathedral worthy of France's capital. "Every face, every stone of the venerable monument," Hugo continued, "is a page not only of the history of the country but also of the history of science and art." Here, National Book Award Winner Richard Winston tells the dramatic story of the building of the great cathedral and the history that was made there - from the marriage of Mary Queen of Scots to the crowning of Napoleon to Charles de Gaulle's celebration of the liberation of Paris from the Nazis.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157284060
Publisher: New Word City, Inc.
Publication date: 06/02/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 61,793
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

National Book Award winner Richard Winston is the author of Charlemagne, Life in the Middle Ages, and Hagia Sophia: A History.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for people who enjoyed (as I did) Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet or who like learning about the Middle Ages. Richard Winston, a talented writer and historian with a National Book Award to his credit, takes us behind the scenes to the building of Paris’s Gothic treasure, Notre-Dame. And what a story it is. There is much in this book that I didn’t know - for example, the desecration of the great cathedral during the French Revolution and the terrible slaughter at Béziers in which the entire population of the city was killed in the name of the Church: “It was here,” Winston writes, “that the . . . abbot Arnaud Amalric, queried on how to distinguish Catholics from heretics, is supposed to have said: ‘Slay them all; God will take care of his own.’” My favorite parts of the book, though, are about the people, especially Bishop Maurice de Sully and his successor, Eudes de Sully (no relation). Without them, Notre-Dame would never have been built. A great read.
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