1000 Years of Annoying the French

1000 Years of Annoying the French

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Was the Battle of Hastings a French victory? Non! William the Conqueror was Norman and hated the French. Were the Brits really responsible for the death of Joan of Arc? Non! The French sentenced her to death for wearing trousers. Was the guillotine a French invention? Non! It was invented in Yorkshire. Ten centuries' worth of French historical 'facts' bite the dust as Stephen Clarke looks at what has really been going on since 1066...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 688 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 44mm | 539.99g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Line
  • 0552775746
  • 9780552775748
  • 44,481

About Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke lives in Paris. His first novel, A Year in the Merde, became a word-of-mouth hit in 2004, and is now published all over the world. Since then he has published three more bestselling Merde novels, as well as Talk to the Snail, an indispensable guide to understanding the French. Research for Stephen's novels has taken him all over France and America. For 1000 Years of Annoying the French, he has also been breathing the chill air of ruined castles and deserted battlefields, leafing through dusty chronicles, brushing up the medieval French he studied at university and generally losing himself in the mists of history. He has now returned to present-day Paris, and is doing his best to live the entente cordiale.show more

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"Tremendously entertaining" The Sunday Times "Relentlessly and energetically rude about almost every aspect of French history and culture" Mail on Sunday "Anyone who's ever encountered a snooty Parisian waiter or found themselves driving on the Boulevard Peripherique during August will enjoy this book" Daily Mailshow more

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Was the Battle of Hastings a French victory? Non! William the Conqueror was a Norman and hated the French. Were the Brits really responsible for the death of Joan of Arc? Non! The French sentenced her to death for wearing trousers. Was the guillotine a French invention? Non! It was invented in Yorkshire. Ten centuries' worth of French historical 'facts' bite the dust as Stephen Clarke looks at what has really been going on since 1066...show more

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"Anyone who's ever encountered a snooty Parisian waiter or found themselves driving on the Boulevard Peripherique during August will enjoy this book"show more

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2,311 ratings
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1000 years of annoying the French is a light delicious humorous historical read with the odd stuff-up by the British thrown in for good measure. Stephen Clarke's asides are sprinkled in timely measure and if this volume had been published in earlier times he may well have been put to the sword or drowned in the Channel by friends and/or enemies from either side. A cracking good read. Hard to put down.show more
by Marley
"We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France", and this book shows why. For close on 1000 years, the English have invaded, pillaged, blockaded and bombed France - even before there was a France, arguably - not to mention annoyed, mocked, and rogered their women (although the French seemed to mind this least of all, if the achievement of Edward VII in creating the entente cordiale is to be believed). Mind you, this book also generally shows that the French deserved it. The story starts in 1066 with the Norman (Viking) William the Conqueror and covers the various disagreements thereafter that the English had with the French. The 100 years war, the capture of Joan of Arc, Mary [the French] Queen of Scots, the Napoleonic wars, the loss of the French colonies in America, de Gaulle in WWII...it is all covered here. Post WWII is only briefly mentioned, probably to avoid weighing in too heavily on existing political debates about the role of Great Britain in Europe. Told with humour and wit, this is not an expose on the evil of the French: every true Englishman (and Scotsman!) should already be aware of that. It's a generally kind hearted look at Britain's old neighbour, and a thoroughly researched history of the last millenia.show more
by John Middleton
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