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Loire Valley

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Essential Reading Package-EXFRN425

Item EXFRN425. Buy these 4 items as a set for $66 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France

FRN03
Ina Caro
Harvest Books
1996
339
0156003635
PAPER
History
1
0
0
0
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.
$17.95

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

MED07
Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
Thames & Hudson UK
2010
175
0500300526
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a chronology.
$15.95

Eyewitness Guide Loire Valley

FRN43
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
264
1465427090
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Visually rich, comprehensive, and practical, this guidebook is an excellent introduction to the history, culture and attractions of the Loire Valley. Highly recommended.
$25.00

France Centre Map 518

FRN241
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2015
2
2067135260
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful map of central France, including the Loire valley, Tours, Orleans and Bourges, at a scale of 1:200,000.
$11.95

Bordeaux Map

FRN295
IGN
IGN
2012
2
2117222110
MAP
Reference
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
This magnificently detailed city map includes a separate 68-page index. 1:13,000.
$9.95

Carpentras, Vaison-la-Romain map

FRN593
IGN
IGN
1
2855950996
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Topographic map of the region, at a scale of 1:25,000
$16.95

Loire Valley Map 517

FRN302
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2014
1
2067135252
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of the Loire region of France in the series published by Michelin series, at a scale of 1:200,000.
$11.95

Paris Map

FRN400
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2015
2
3866092040
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000.
$9.95

Fodor's Paris' 25 Best

FRN41
Fodor's
Fodor's
2016
176
0147546273
PAPER
Guidebook
5/13/2014
0
0
0
0
This shirt-pocket map and guide includes essential information on the city's history, highlights and sightseeing, ideal for a short visit to the City of Light.
$13.99

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook

FRN120
Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
272
1743214448
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

The Food of France

FRN17
Waverly Root
Vintage Books
1992
450
0679738975
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
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).
$18.00

A Traveller's History of France

FRN08
Robert Cole
Interlink Publishing Group
2008
256
1566566061
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times.
$14.95

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

EUR17
Johan Huizinga
University of Chicago Press
1997
467
0226359948
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A pioneering work of social and cultural history, this well translated classic is a richly detailed portrait of life, thought and art in 14th- and 15th-century France and the Netherlands.
$32.00

The Discovery of France

FRN770
Graham Robb
W. W. Norton & Company
2008
480
0393333647
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Winner of the 2008 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, Robb's erudite portrait, the result of time both in the library and on his bicycle, marvelously illuminates the rural byways, history and charting of France.
$18.95

The Loire, A Cultural History

FRN961
Martin Garrett
Oxford University Press
2010
256
0199768390
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Garrett traces the course of the Loire, the longest river in France (Gustave Flaubert called the Loire "the most French of French rivers.") through literature, art and architecture.
$16.95

The Most Beautiful Villages of the Loire

FRN483
James Bentley, Hugh Palmer (Photographer)
Thames & Hudson
2001
208
0500510512
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An illustrated portrait of the region, its landscape, architecture, and people, featuring 275 color photographs and accompanying lively essays by Francophile James Bentley.
$40.00

The Sun King

FRN33
Nancy Mitford
NYRB
2012
255
1590174917
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An opulent, celebrated biography of Louis XIV. Gracefully written in a witty, conversational style, Mitford's book brings Versailles to vibrant life.
$15.95

Wine and War, The French, the Nazis and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure

FRN874
Donald Kladstrup
Broadway Books
2002
304
0767904486
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This thrilling account of how the vintners of France saved their crops -- and their bottles -- as the Nazis approached, focuses on the activities of five winemaking families in Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley.
$16.00

Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France

FRN72
Kermit Lynch
Noonday Press
1990
271
0374522669
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A delightful and warmly anecdotal book highly recommended for anyone touring the wine regions of France. Lynch brings the domains and appellations of French wine to full-blown life and his portraits of the grand personalities who make the wine are priceless.
$19.00

French Revolutions, Cycling the Tour De France

FRN387
Tim Moore
St. Martin's Press
2003
277
0312316127
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
British humorist, travel writer -- and woefully inexperienced cyclist -- Moore attempts to tackle the Tour de France, all 2,256 miles of it, in this hilarious, irreverent travelogue.
$20.99

Joan of Arc

FRN753
Mary Gordon
Penguin Putnam
2008
208
0143113976
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In elegant, insightful prose, novelist Gordon meditates on the courageous and complex young girl and the iconic status she has acquired.
$15.00

Marie Antoinette, The Journey

FRN632
Antonia Fraser
Doubleday
2002
0385489498
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Fraser's authoritative, popular portrait of Marie Antoinette and the the court at Versailles.
$17.95

Paris to the Moon

FRN208
Adam Gopnik
Random House
2001
338
0375758232
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile.
$18.00

Chocolat

FRN484
Joanne Harris
Penguin Putnam
2000
306
0140282033
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This charming novel set in the Loire Valley pits provincial morals against pleasure. Adapted into a popular movie.
$16.00

Deadly Slipper

FRN631
Michelle Wan
Vintage Books
2006
301
1400079527
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Wan crafts a suspenseful, elegant tale of food, romance and murder out of a search for a long-lost woman in the Dordogne.
$15.95

In a Dark Wood Wandering, A Novel of the Middle Ages

FRN86
Hella Haasse
Academy Chicago
1991
594
089733356X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
With a cast of thousands including Joan of Arc and the Dukes of Burgundy, this 1949 historical novel renders the political intrigue, people and texture of 15th-century Europe and of medieval court life during the Hundred Years War.
$21.95

Paris in Mind

FRN412
Jennifer Lee (Editor)
Vintage Books
2003
288
1400031028
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
With selections spanning 300 years, this wonderful anthology reflects America's long connection to Paris and the French. The 30 American writers tapped include Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway and David Sedaris.
$16.00

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

For Kids

Cathedral, The Story of its Construction

EUR24
David MacAulay
Houghton Mifflin Company
1981
77
0395175135
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
In this illuminating book for middle readers, master draughtsman MacAulay presents text and innovative drawings that detail the planning and construction of a 13th-century Gothic cathedral. It's a masterpiece.
$11.99

The Family Under the Bridge

FRN313
Natalie Savage Carlson, Garth Williams (Illustrator)
HarperCollins
1989
123
0064402509
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This Newbery Medal winning book for children ages 9-12 is a charming, wonderfully human story recounting the Parisian adventures of the hobo Armand and the three homeless children who make him shed his grumpy ways.
$5.99

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

GBR245
E.L. Konigsburg
Aladdin Books
2001
208
068984624X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A marvelous fictionalized portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and England successively, traveler to Constantinople, wife of a future saint, mother of Richard the Lionheart and for 15 years a prisoner of the English Crown. For young adults.
$7.99

Joan of Arc

FRN812
Diane Stanley
HarperCollins
2002
48
0064437485
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
How did a simple, illiterate peasant girl rise to become a warrior and symbol for French national pride? In a well-researched and lovingly illustrated biography, Stanley explores the life of Joan of Arc for middle readers.
$8.99

More Books

Eyewitness Guide Paris

FRN02
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
440
1465441247
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Gorgeous, well-illustrated and filled with maps, this compact book provides an excellent overview of the French capital, its history, traditions and sights.
$19.99

The Age of the Cathedrals, Art and Society 980-1420

EUR01
Georges Duby
University of Chicago Press
1983
320
0226167704
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
French scholar Duby, writing very accessibly, describes both the great cathedrals and the philosophical, religious, and political climate that enabled them to be built in this classic.
$28.00

A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance, Portrait of an Age

EUR06
William Manchester
Little Brown and Company
1993
336
0316545562
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Organized into sections on the Renaissance, Reformation and Discovery, Manchester's popular history evokes in vivid detail the great figures and daily life of the 16th century, including Henry VIII, Magellan, Borgia, da Vinci and Martin Luther.
$16.00

Eleanor of Aquitaine, A Life

FRN287
Alison Weir
Ballantine Books
2001
464
0345434870
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Weir's enjoyable biography of the woman who was both queen of France (married to Louis VII) and queen of England (married to Henry II) shows Eleanor as an ambitious political and artistic powerbroker in an age when most women were seen but not heard.
$18.00

A Traveller's History of Paris

FRN426
Robert Coles
Interlink Publishing Group
2008
320
1566564859
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A fast-moving, short survey of French history with a focus on Paris from its founding, through the heady days of revolution and up to modern times.
$14.95

Footprint Loire Valley

FRN897
Roger Moss
Footprint Handbooks
2010
288
190609893X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A detailed, comprehensive guide in the Footprint series. With practical information on accommodations, food, events and sights. Perfect for the independent traveler.
$21.95

Cadogan Guide Loire

FRN910
Phillipe Barbour
Cadogan Books
2010
496
1566568110
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A personable guide in the relaunched series.
$21.95

Worth Looking For

Michelin Green Guide Chateaux of the Loire

FRN965
Rach Mills (Editor)
Michelin Travel Publications
2010
335
1906261768
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
1
With the same focus on driving tours, maps and the Michelin star system, the venerable Green Guides are now organized regionally, in color and with an overview of history, art and culture.
$21.99