EBOOK Seven Ages of Paris

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  • Seven Ages of Paris
  • Alistair Horne
  • English
  • 18 May 2020
  • 9781400034468

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Free read Seven Ages of Paris 107 Alistair Horne ☆ 7 Free read characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Alistair Horne Les; Napoleon’s rise and fall; Baron Haussmann’s rebuilding of Paris at the cost of much of the medieval city; the Belle Epoue and the Great War that brought it to an end; the Nazi Occupation the Liberation and the postwar period dominated by de Gaulle Horne brings the city’s highs and lows savagery and sophistication and heroes and villain. This review and others can be found at BW Book ReviewsFor me this book was a great big ball of meh I got it from a bookstore because I thought it sounded fascinating A historian telling me what he thinks the seven ages of Paris were and what happened during those ages Fascinating A social history in a way all focused on certain ages he noticed through his years of studyThat wasn t this book If anyone knows of a book like that please hit me up I think another reviewer said it best This book is an aging British scholar s love letter to Paris and it read that way He focused on the rulers and the politics of their reign not the experiences of the people in Paris Instead of a social history it was a political history And that made it super boring since it focused on the various rulers rather than what the people feltI found it pretty boring and watered down by the opinions of an aged historian Such as he loved assuming the sexuality of various rulers And he s using a definition of homosexuality that was created in the 1800s and applying it to people who were around centuries before it was created So that s a bad thing to do as a historian You don t apply modern terms to historical people As an example I wouldn t call Joan of Arc transgender because that term wasn t a thing back then even though she shows some signs of it That s not the best example but it s one I could come up with You just don t do that as a historian And he labeled multiple people as homosexual when they had relationships with women and some of them actually had kids Yeah He called them homosexual when they were at best bisexualThen he had a bias against Marie Antoinette and he made so many other snide comments that I became exasperated Great he has an opinion but they re not backed up by history And it felt like this was as the reviewer before me put it a love letter to Paris It was terribly boring Especially since Paris isn t my favorite city in the worldIn short I wouldn t recommend this book It s readable and somewhat interesting at times but it wasn t what I was looking for I should have read some reviews before I went and bought this one but I m glad it s off my TBR

Summary Seven Ages of Paris

Seven Ages of Paris

Free read Seven Ages of Paris 107 Alistair Horne ☆ 7 Free read characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Alistair Horne In this luminous portrait of Paris celebrated historian Alistair Horne gives us the history culture disasters and triumphs of one of the world’s truly great cities Horne makes plain that while Paris may be many things it is never boringFrom the rise of Philippe Auguste through the reigns of Henry IV and Louis XIV who abandoned Paris for Versail. She is a woman I mean she is femaleAnd she is not just any female She is of colossal fameA mythical female she isAnd yet she is well alive and exists todayBecause she has presence than you or I have I am talking about resplendent ParisFor if this woman is outstandingly beautiful and alluring at times she as also been violent and bloodthirsty and this mix of personas has made her eminently enigmatic and mysteriousAlistair Horne in this book traces the history of Paris through what he sees as her Seven Ages As he traces her history we see that her life has evolved around a few celebrated men Or may be it was that these men needed her when pursuing their ambitions and she knew how to position herself as these reuirements changed through history Her Seven Ages succeeded as followsLutetia a young wench from Roman times was elevated by Philippe Auguste to the status of a gentle maiden in a chivalrous and First Age Henri IV stepped in to herald the Second Age and she was the one for whom and in genuine faith and extraordinary credulity he switched religions For him this Lady was worth a Mass She sadly felt neglected in the Third Age when Louis XIV moved all splendor music and light to that upstart demoiselle of Versailles But it was Napoleon who as the hero of the Fourth Age tamed her when she became a revolutionary and instead raised her to her rightful throne of Empress of all cities In a characteristic ambitious tone he had vouched that he would make her the most beautiful city in the world And even though Horne titles the Fifth Age after the common La Commune who took over and played its jarring tune in her elegant arena it is still the age of a self appointed hero Louis Napoleon Nor is the Sixth Age one that can be honorably remembered under one single man This was a period framed and marked by horrid wars during which her enemies dared to invade her three times spanning and puncturing the Belle poue and then adding on a second Thirty Year war Her politicians had failed her Horne has identified this age with the invitation to the frivolous upstart from earlier times to come back to stage this time in strict austerity and sign the Treaty of Versailles that would supposedly expel Hell but which didn t But this long period of no heroes was a period of artists who honored her as their muse In her final and current Seventh Age we see again a hero De Gaulle who once he admitted that he could not be Emperor and put a veil over her past as Empress gave her for a fifth and still successful round the dignified and modern mantle of Lady of the R publiueBut if these five men dominated these Seven Ages we should not think that these were the only men in her life There were others many others There were those who gave her things beautiful things For example Louis IX gave her the dainty Sainte Chapelle Francois I gave her an elegant Renaissance palace to replace the rough Louvre bastion and invited the inventive Leonardo to visit and pay her homage She was given many bridges as she grew from the little island and expanded to the two sides of her river And these were all the gift of cavaliers for even the Pont Marie was not related to the virgin but designed by the architect Christophe Marie She certainly offered a fruitful ground for the creations of ingenious architects national and foreign all the way to the daring and gaudy Beaubourg conceived by the Italian Renzo PianoThe things she was given were not always strictly material objects Gabriel Nicolas de La Reynie the Chief of Police under Louis XIV gave her street lighting and this was her first step towards becoming the City of Lights To strengthen her Finances the Banue de France was organized by Napoleon and his bankers and it was also him who realized that hygiene was a sine ua non for beauty A new sewage system and greater access to drinking water were the benefits when she got her Canal de l OurcIn embellishing her some had to mutilate or exert some other traumatic changes Baron Haussmann who thanks to this entered the Senate after having been the Prefect of Police had to demolish areas so as to build avenues plotted according to a regular and structured framework and devised a new kind of housing with fa ades that would unify long street vistas The scale of Haussmann s grid of boulevards and enduring model for apartment buildings however were not entirely new During the Third Age both Le Vaux designed the prototype for the beautiful dwellings still surviving in the Marais and Le N tre plotted the Champs Elys es well suited and named for our mythical lady Some reconstructive surgery was later performed by Viollet le Duc who thought that Young Looking Middle Ages B timents were just the thing And the Would be Mutilator Le Corbusier concocted the horrifying and cruel idea of demolishing her center and build in her Right Bank a string of towers like shoeboxes over two hundred meters high Such an operation would have had a despairing and irremediable damage to this Lady s beauty Better and natural methods were applied by the intellectual Andr Malraux who prescribed a deep cleansing and whitening treatments as the most appropriate to erase the scars of age in her stone cheeks and skinIt was not always her beauty the main objective Some of her men were also concerned with her education It all started with Abelard who though a friar had a weakness for women admittedly educated women with an inclination to epistle writing and founded her first University This University later took on as her own the name of another man Robert de Sorbon the Confessor of Louis IX Subseuently Fran ois I thought not only of palaces since he founded the Coll ge de France a center of Humanism and he was followed about a century later by Richelieu who constituted the various Acad mies Language Arts and Architecture But as we know education is dangerous and in May 1968 it was in some of these centers of knowledge that trouble brewed for this bluestockingAnd it was not all things beauty and centers of learning she also needed some occupations on which she could spend and enjoy her time For her culinary interests some cooks established delicious centers such as those set up by Boulanger or Beauvilliers and many palates desired restaurants like Chez Noudet or Maxim s The Caf s fashion was uickly developed so that most people would have sat around the Caf de la Paix Caf de Paris Caf des Aveugles Her interest in music welcomed many locals such as Berlioz Debussy or Ravel or attracted ethereal virtuosos from Poland or offered a venue for the celebration of a demonic Rite of Spring for the exotic Russian And since music beckons her temples she had her Opera designed by Charles Garnier a building that became such an exemplary model that replicas sprouted later in Hanoi and Buenos Aires Knowing that obvious symbols of social differences could breed trouble she proceeded to have the Opera of the People and build in a place with no lesser emblematic meaning than the Bastille her second grand music hall Of course it was not all grand music that tuned the ears of those men who were always orbiting nervously around her She had to provide a special entertainment for those Her Moulin Rouge or the Folies Berg re or Le Chat noir became world famous as centers of naughty fun and in so doing became also sources of inspiration for her painters with Toulouse Lautrec Manet or Picasso to name just a few of those who left unforgettable images For if she has had an innumerable string of painters that have left us with a history of her countenance in particular those who exalted the richness of her city life like Pissarro or Caillebotte she has also had a series of bards who wrote copiously having falling prey to their fascination Eug ne Sue Balzac the Goncourts Zola Proust and a long etcetera have left volumes and volumes of her splendor and sualor and luxury and vice and mythical grandeur And it is for this never ending string of men that she has taken care to present herself in an exuisite toilette For even if the concept of Haute Couture had its inception in her secluded royal courts it was thanks to her Couturiers that her style would rank as the most elegant that would set the fashions openly The English Charles Worth had to establish his business there if he wanted to drape the right model but plenty of locals Pauin Poiret Dior and Gautier later exported her allure to the rest of the world And since dress nicely but with no parures could seem that she was displaying a nudity of elegance thanks to the Cartier males father and three sons and their innovative use of platinum for jewellery she set a trend that most of the European Royals would copy in their tiaras forgetting the Republican nature of their inspirational modelAs we close this book after reading about her Seven Ages we are left with a whiff of her perfume for she the Eve of very many Adams could only use a scent named Le Fruit D fenduEvoking her mystery

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Free read Seven Ages of Paris 107 Alistair Horne ☆ 7 Free read characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Alistair Horne S splendidly to life With a keen eye for the telling anecdote and pivotal moment he portrays an array of vivid incidents to show us how Paris endures through each age is altered but always emerges brilliant and beautiful than ever The Seven Ages of Paris is a great historian’s tribute to a city he loves and has spent a lifetime learning to know. I both read and listened to this book over a time period of several weeks and to me a person who is unfamiliar with a great deal of European history I found it to be a great look at Paris through time I expected it might be a stodgy read but it was surprisingly opinionated and gossipy with lots of little stories that make the people and the movements and the city feel three dimensional Reading this book with its huge backdrop of centuries with the strong leaders and the ridiculously ineffective leaders with its wars with its dramatic governmental changes it was oddly calming to read this history during a time of a pandemic with horrific challenges to democracy here in America reminding me to persevere just as Paris has done