Suggested Reading List
1066, The Year of the Conquest
Author: David Howarth
Description: 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.
A Traveller's History of France
Author: Robert Cole
Description: This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times.
Battle of Normandy 1944 Map
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A reproduction of a 1947 map of Normandy showing the main sites of the summer 1944 battle.
Cathedral, The Story of its Construction
Author: David MacAulay
Description: 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.
Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
Author: Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
Description: This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.
Author: Antony Beevor
Description: A new account invasion by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945.
D-Day June 6, 1944, The Climactic Battle of World War II
Author: Stephen Ambrose
Description: Written by the best-selling historian Stephen Ambrose, this well researched book draws together interviews and government documents to tell the gripping tale of D-Day. This comprehensive account contains 32 pages of photos and eight maps.
Eyewitness Guide France
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This superb guide to all of France features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
Fodor's Paris' 25 Best
Description: 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.
Description: A colorful, accurate and up-to-date map of France at a scale of 1:1,000,000.
Into a Paris Quartier, Reine Margot's Chapel and other Haunts of St. Germain
Author: Diane Johnson
Description: Novelist Diane Johnson (Le Divorce) writes with insight, verve and wit in this affectionate, personal portrait of St Germain-des-Prés, her neighborhood on the Left Bank.
Joan of Arc
Author: Mary Gordon
Description: In elegant, insightful prose, novelist Gordon meditates on the courageous and complex young girl and the iconic status she has acquired.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
Author: Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
Description: This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Monet, the Ultimate Impressionist
Author: Sylvie Patin
Description: A colorful pocket-size reference to Monet's life, paintings and contemporaries, perfect for those visiting Giverny.
Mont Saint Michel and Chartres
Author: Henry Brooks Adams
Description: 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.
Normandy, A Graphic Adaptation of D-Day, the Allied Invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe
Author: Wayne Vansant
Description: The dramatic story of the planning and execution of the Allied invasion of Europe is told here in a graphic format (AKA comic book style) from the perspective of both the Allied and Axis forces, beginning with the invasion of the five D-Day beaches and continuing through the liberation of Paris.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: 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.
Rough Guide Brittany & Normandy
Author: Greg Ward
Description: An informative, detailed guide to Brittany and Normandy with a good overview of history and culture
The Oysters of Locmariaquer
Author: Eleanor Clark
Description: 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.
Author: Iain Pears
Description: 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.
The Secret Life of the Seine
Author: Mort Rosenblum
Description: After losing his Paris apartment, Rosenblum, a born storyteller, takes to a houseboat moored on the Seine. The result is this entertaining tour of the places and people he encounters during his explorations along the river.
The Sun King
Author: Nancy Mitford
Description: An opulent, celebrated biography of Louis XIV. Gracefully written in a witty, conversational style, Mitford's book brings Versailles to vibrant life.