The Road from the Past. Traveling Through History in France by Ina Caro

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The Road from the Past is a unique new way of looking at France, looking at history, and looking at travel.  In it, Ina Caro takes us on an unforgettable tour of France, traveling north through its beautiful regions and chronologically through its colorful history.
                We start in Provence, where the Roman Empire held sway, and then go to Languedoc to visit the sites that marked the Age of Faith following the Empire’s fall.  Next is the Dordogne, where we experience the feudal Middle Ages, from Charlemagne and the Age of Chivalry to the life of Joan of Arc.  Continuing north, we come to the château-studded Loire Valley, “the Valley of Kings,” where monarchs and nobles, as well as their charming mistresses, plotted for wealth and power.  Finally, we reach the Île-de-France, surrounding Paris, where Louis XIV solidified his autocratic and imperialistic reign—as did Napoleon a century later
                With Ina Caro as an epicurean, knowledgeable, and delightfully opinionated guide, we can always be sure to find the most breathtaking vistas, the most extraordinary châteaux, the most inspiring cathedrals, the best meals.  The Road from the Past takes us to where history unfolds—and then to a favorite spot for a picnic or a five-course dinner. 
 

About Ina Caro

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Ina Caro received her master’s degree in history, with a concentration in medieval history, from Long Island University and, shifting her attention to the more recent past, has worked as sole researcher on the award-winning biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro, to who she is married.  Never relinquishing her love for medieval France, for the last sixteen years she and her husband have traveled throughout France, studying its history at the sites where it occurred.
 
Published March 21, 2012 by Nan A. Talese. 356 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Caro's travelogue incorporates, with only partial success, the sensibilities of a dogged historical researcher and a chatty tour guide in its trip through French history from Roman Gaul to Louis XIV's court.

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The human drama of French history comes vibrantly alive as medieval historian Caro, who has driven many times from the Roman ruins of Provence to Napoleon's Arch of Triumph in Paris, re-creates the places she saw and the historical events connected with them.

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Caro mixes history with first-hand travel writing in her jounary from the Roman ruins of Provence to Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

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