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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Legends and Romances of Brittany

Legends and Romances of Brittany

by Lewis Spence

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A broad anthology that draws on varying strains of the Breton tradition, including Arthurian legends, the lays of Marie de France and tales of Breton saints as well as more standard fairy stories. (FRN354, $11.95)

Mont Saint Michel and Chartres

Mont Saint Michel and Chartres

by Henry Brooks Adams

  • HISTORY
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

First published at the turn of the century, this classic work is a meditation on the medieval world as reflected through its most famous religious structures. (FRN44, $18.00)

D-Day June 6, 1944

D-Day June 6, 1944

by Stephen Ambrose

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 655 PAGES

Ambrose's riveting popular account of the climactic battle of WWII. (FRN40, $19.99)

Rough Guide Brittany & Normandy

Rough Guide Brittany & Normandy

by Greg Ward

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 439 PAGES

An informative, detailed guide to Brittany and Normandy with a good overview of history and culture, including sections on Monet, D-Day and Mont-St-Michel. (FRN238, $21.99)

Normandy Map 513

Normandy Map 513

by Michelin

  • MAP

A colorful, detailed map of Normandy at a scale of 1:200,000, featuring Rouen, Le Havre and the route of the Seine from west of Paris to the Atlantic. (FRN49, $11.95)

Brittany Map

Brittany Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • MAP

A regional map of Brittany by Michelin at the very good scale of 1:200,000. (FRN79, $11.95)

 
A Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

A Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy


by Carl Shilleto | Mike Tolhurst

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A compact guide to Normandy's WWII battlefields, memorials, sites and cemeteries. (FRN330, $14.95)

Michelin Green Guide Brittany

Michelin Green Guide Brittany


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A thorough introduction to Brittany, featuring brief descriptions of all the major attractions. (FRN90, $21.99)

Michelin Green Guide Normandy

Michelin Green Guide Normandy


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

A thorough introduction to Normandy and the Channel Islands in the classic Michelin style, featuring brief descriptions of all the major attractions. (FRN89, $21.99)

The Food of France

The Food of France


by Waverly Root

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 450 PAGES

An evocative and beautifully written survey of French food. First published in 1958 and revised in the mid-1970s, the book covers the important regions of French cuisine by dividing them into domains of Butter (northern France), Fat (Alsace) and Oil (the south). (FRN17, $18.00)

1066, The Year of the Conquest

1066, The Year of the Conquest


by David Howarth

  • HISTORY
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

A crack medievalist and storyteller, Howarth brings to life the momentous events of 1066 in rich, anecdotal history -- a classic portrait of the Norman invasion and conquest of England. (GBR115, $15.00)

A Traveller's History of France

A Traveller's History of France


by Robert Cole

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times. (FRN08, $14.95)

Dawn of D-Day: These Men Were There, June 6, 1944

Dawn of D-Day: These Men Were There, June 6, 1944


by David Howarth

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

Howarth weaves interviews and eyewitness reports to recreate the atmosphere, horror and confusion of the assault on Normandy in this spellbinding account, first published in 1959. (FRN768, $14.95)

The Bretons

The Bretons


by Patrick Galliou | Michael Jones

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 334 PAGES

An engaging scholarly history of the Bretons, from prehistoric to modern times. (FRN239, $48.95)

The Most Beautiful Villages of Brittany

The Most Beautiful Villages of Brittany


by Hugh Palmer | James Bentley

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

An illustrated portrait of Brittany, its landscape, architecture and people. (FRN166, $40.00)

The Most Beautiful Villages of Normandy

The Most Beautiful Villages of Normandy


by Hugh Palmer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

An oversized, full color photographic celebration of the villages, churches, chateaux, harbors, and coastlines of Normandy. (FRN647, $40.00)

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France


by Ina Caro

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 339 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Time travel through France by way of its finest castles, chateaux, cathedrals and monasteries. This unusual travelogue is an invaluable companion for traveling in Paris, southern France, the Dordogne and the Loire Valley, combining personal observation with large doses of well-presented history. (FRN03, $17.00)

The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry


by David Wilson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 234 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

An illustrated, full-color reproduction of the Bayeux Tapestry, whose colorful embroidery and Latin text tell the story of the Norman victory over England in 1066. The reproduction shows the detailed stitches clearly and is enhanced by Wilson's accompanying text. (FRN445, $50.00)

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

The Oysters of Locmariaquer

The Oysters of Locmariaquer


by Eleanor Clark

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 203 PAGES

Winner of the 1965 National Book Award, this paper edition of Clark's pleasurable portrait of the hardy oystermen and byways of coastal Brittany is introduced by Mark Kurlansky. (FRN152, $13.99)

A Day in the Country and Other Stories

A Day in the Country and Other Stories


by Guy de Maupassant

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

A collection of 28 of de Maupassant's short stories, set mostly in the writer's native Normandy. (FRN307, $11.95)

Horse of Pride, Life in a Breton Village


by Pierre-Jakez Helias | June Guicharnaud

  • LITERATURE
  • 1980
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A richly detailed novel of Breton lives, culture and folklore in the wake of World War I. (FRN344, $37.00)

The Portrait

The Portrait


by Iain Pears

  • MYSTERY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

On a remote island off of Brittany, an art critic sits completely still and silent as his old friend paints his portrait and tells him the story of his long and tortured life in this eerie mystery. (FRN537, $15.00)

The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

The Romance of Tristan and Iseult


by Joseph Bedier | Hillaire Belloc

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 205 PAGES

This chivalric myth -- of Arthurian fame -- features a Cornish knight and an Irish princess who are under a spell of love. (GBR246, $13.00)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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