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Lotharingia : a personal history of Europe's lost country, Simon Winder

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Lotharingia : a personal history of Europe's lost country
Title
Lotharingia
Title remainder
a personal history of Europe's lost country
Statement of responsibility
Simon Winder
Title variation
Lotharingia
Title variation remainder
a personal history of Europes lost country
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
At the heart of Western Europe lies a huge swath of land that stretches from the mud and fog of the North Sea coast; down through countless market towns, ports, fortresses, an ancient cathedrals; through a mass of river systems and forests; all the way to the great barrier of the Alps. Divided by languages, religions, and frontiers, everyone living there shares on thing: they are inhabitants of a lost part of Europe - Lotharingia. In his highly entertaining new book, the author tells the story of this ghostly but persistent presence. In AD 843, the three surviving grandsons of the great emperor Charlemagne met at Verdun. After years of bitter squabbling over who would inherit the family land, they finally decided to divide the territory and go their separate ways. In a moment of staggering significance, one grandson inherited what became France, another Germany, and the third Lotharingia, the chunk that initially divided the other two chunks - "the lands of Lothar." The dynamic between these three great zones has dictated much of our subsequent fate. This book is a history of the in-between land, joining the equally fascinating "Germania" and "Danubia" in the author's personal exploration of Europe. In this beguiling, hilarious, and compelling book we retrace how any number of ambitious characters from both west and east have tried and failed to grapple with its people. Over many centuries, not only has Lotharingia brought forth some of Europe's greatest artists, inventors, and thinkers, it has also reduced many a would-be conqueror to helpless tears of rage and frustration
Summary
Retraces the various powers that have tried to overtake the land that stretches from the mouth of the Rhine to the Alps and the might of the peoples who have lived there for centuries
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Tone
Writing style
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10778292
Cataloging source
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Winder, Simon
Dewey number
944/.38014
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D104
LC item number
.W56 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Lothair
  • Europe
  • Europe, Western
  • Benelux countries
  • Germany
  • Lorraine (France)
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a personal history of Europe's lost country
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Lotharingia : a personal history of Europe's lost country, Simon Winder
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Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in 2019 by Picador, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, Great Britain"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [473]-480) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : A note on myself and France -- A note on place names. Chapter 1 : Ice-sheets to Asterix -- The warlord -- Bees and buckles -- The rule of the saints -- Rhinegold -- The call of the oliphant. Chapter 2 : The split inheritance -- Margraves, landgraves, dukes and counts -- Imperial grandeur and decay -- Boulogne boy makes good -- The Cistercians. Chapter 3 : The Sibyl of the Rhine -- Some nuts and bolts -- Stories of Wolf Inngrim -- Street scenes -- Amiens Cathedral and its aftermath -- Famine, plague and flood -- The bold and the mad. Chapter 4 : The fearless and the good -- Prayer nuts -- A word of advice from Mehemt the Conqueror -- Poor local decision-making -- The bold and the Swiss. Chapter 5 : The great inheritance -- Mary the Rich and the future of the world -- New management at Hawk Castle -- "Beware, beware, God sees!" -- Uses for paper. Chapter 6 : The New World -- Margaret of Austria -- The life and adventures of Charles V -- The Oranges -- Rebellion -- The Catholic case. Chapter 7 : The sufferings of Lady Belge -- Life in "The garden" -- Birds, beasts and flowers -- Croissants of crisis -- Whitewash and clear glass. Chapter 8 : "A harvest of joys" -- Fencers and soap-boilers -- Elizabeth and her children -- Uncle Toby's hobby-horse -- "Too late to be ambitious". Chapter 9 : Nancy and Lorraine -- Rebuilding the Rhine -- Sperm by candlelight -- Gilt and beshit -- Adventures in tiny states -- In the time of the periwigs. Chapter 10 : Heroic and ominous -- "The old times have gone" -- The great French gingerbread-baker -- Armies of the Ocean Coast -- Europe reordered -- "What is there to fear if you are a slave?" Chapter 11 : Strange happenings underground -- The New Rhine -- The Translation Bureau of Barbarian Books -- Baden in turmoil -- A Newfoundland dog in Luzern -- Grand Duchies, empires and kingdoms. Chapter 12 : Kilometre pigs -- French exiles -- Metz and the nationalist frontline -- Expanses of baize -- Bullets, tusks and rubber -- Rays and masks. Chapter 13 : "Barracks, barracks, barracks" -- War plans -- The Battle of the Frontiers -- Kilomètre 0 -- Red, yellow and blue -- Shame on the Rhine. Chapter 14 : Dreams of Corfu -- Walls and bridges -- The Kingdom of Mattresses -- The road to Strasbourg -- Armageddon -- Charlemagne comes home. Postscript. Acknowledgements -- Bibliography -- Index
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xi, 504 pages
Isbn
9780374192181
Lccn
2018052632
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • on1079411032
  • (OCoLC)1079411032
Label
Lotharingia : a personal history of Europe's lost country, Simon Winder
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in 2019 by Picador, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, Great Britain"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [473]-480) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : A note on myself and France -- A note on place names. Chapter 1 : Ice-sheets to Asterix -- The warlord -- Bees and buckles -- The rule of the saints -- Rhinegold -- The call of the oliphant. Chapter 2 : The split inheritance -- Margraves, landgraves, dukes and counts -- Imperial grandeur and decay -- Boulogne boy makes good -- The Cistercians. Chapter 3 : The Sibyl of the Rhine -- Some nuts and bolts -- Stories of Wolf Inngrim -- Street scenes -- Amiens Cathedral and its aftermath -- Famine, plague and flood -- The bold and the mad. Chapter 4 : The fearless and the good -- Prayer nuts -- A word of advice from Mehemt the Conqueror -- Poor local decision-making -- The bold and the Swiss. Chapter 5 : The great inheritance -- Mary the Rich and the future of the world -- New management at Hawk Castle -- "Beware, beware, God sees!" -- Uses for paper. Chapter 6 : The New World -- Margaret of Austria -- The life and adventures of Charles V -- The Oranges -- Rebellion -- The Catholic case. Chapter 7 : The sufferings of Lady Belge -- Life in "The garden" -- Birds, beasts and flowers -- Croissants of crisis -- Whitewash and clear glass. Chapter 8 : "A harvest of joys" -- Fencers and soap-boilers -- Elizabeth and her children -- Uncle Toby's hobby-horse -- "Too late to be ambitious". Chapter 9 : Nancy and Lorraine -- Rebuilding the Rhine -- Sperm by candlelight -- Gilt and beshit -- Adventures in tiny states -- In the time of the periwigs. Chapter 10 : Heroic and ominous -- "The old times have gone" -- The great French gingerbread-baker -- Armies of the Ocean Coast -- Europe reordered -- "What is there to fear if you are a slave?" Chapter 11 : Strange happenings underground -- The New Rhine -- The Translation Bureau of Barbarian Books -- Baden in turmoil -- A Newfoundland dog in Luzern -- Grand Duchies, empires and kingdoms. Chapter 12 : Kilometre pigs -- French exiles -- Metz and the nationalist frontline -- Expanses of baize -- Bullets, tusks and rubber -- Rays and masks. Chapter 13 : "Barracks, barracks, barracks" -- War plans -- The Battle of the Frontiers -- Kilomètre 0 -- Red, yellow and blue -- Shame on the Rhine. Chapter 14 : Dreams of Corfu -- Walls and bridges -- The Kingdom of Mattresses -- The road to Strasbourg -- Armageddon -- Charlemagne comes home. Postscript. Acknowledgements -- Bibliography -- Index
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xi, 504 pages
Isbn
9780374192181
Lccn
2018052632
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • on1079411032
  • (OCoLC)1079411032

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