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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: This fascinating and practical guide to touring France brings to life the realities of Anglo-French history, from the Crusades and Hundred Year's War to the First and Second World Wars. It takes in the famous Road to Compostela from Le Puy to the Pyrenees, covers the campaign trails and battles of Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, and explores the historic provinces of Burgundy, Brittany, the Ile-de-France and the Loire Valley. places renowned for the beauty and character of their landscapes, chateaux, food and wine. Insightful descriptions of events on the ground take the traveller across First World War battlefields, including the Somme and Verdun, and along D-Day beaches where the British, Canadian and American armies landed in 1944 and battled their way into Normandy, changing the shape of the Second World War. Complete with maps, practical information and a list of recommended books to read before you go, each of the 21 tours can be made by car (and some by bicycle) and includes a visit to a battlefield, museum, castle, memorial or some other relic of the ancient or recent past. History will be brought to life as the traveller follows the Black Prince's campaign from Bordeaux to the Loire and the battlefield of Poitiers; takes Henry V's route from Harfleur to Agincourt and then walks across the muddy fields from the first English position to the line from which Henry's archers finally engaged the French host; or tours the D-Day beaches with a grasp of the purpose of Operation Overlord. As well, these tours reveal places to which the average tourist might never go. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: This book is about travelling in France - with a theme: history, and in particular, Anglo-French history from the Crusades and Hundred Years' War (1337-1453) to the First and Second World Wars. Detailing twenty different routes or places, the book covers the famous Road to Compostela from Le Puy to the Pyrenees, slips across the Belgian border to visit the battlefield of Ypres, takes in Burgundy, Brittany, the chateaux of the Ile-de-France and the Loire, and the historic provinces of France - places worth visiting for the beauty of their landscapes, their architecture, abbeys, castles and historic characters. Each route (all of which can be made by car, and some by bicycle) includes a visit to a battlefield, museum, castle, memorial, gunsite, or some relic of the recent or ancient past, and comes with a list of recommended books to read before you go. The great advantage of touring the D-Day beaches with a grasp of the purpose of Operation Overlord, walking across the muddy fields from the first English position at Agincourt to the line from which the archers finally engaged the French host, and following Henry V's route from Harfleur to Agincourt, or the Black Prince's campaign, north from Bordeaux to the Loire and the battlefield of Poitiers, is that they will take the traveller into parts of France that they might otherwise miss, reveal places that the average tourist might never go, and above all, help bring history alive.

About the Author: Robin Neillands is a journalist and writer. He wrote the acclaimed books The Great War Generals on the Western Front, The Bomber War: Arthur Harris and the Allied Bombing Offensive and Attrition: The Great War on the Western Front - 1916. He lectures at the National Army Museum, conducts battlefield tours to Europe and the USA, and is a member of the British Commission for Military History.

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