Miniatures of French History
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Soon after the First World War, the Anglo-French writer and Catholic activist Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) wrote this history of the land of his birth. In 31 vignettes he charts its fortunes from the Greek foundation of Marseilles in 599 BCE to the Battle of the Marne in 1914. Filled with vivid characters and dramatic set pieces, the book rings with passion for the nation Belloc considered the bulwark of Christian civilization.