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The chapters of this publication were divided into sixteen color-coded areas that replicate the variety of France. those are in response to the country's old areas that have been usually outlined by means of their geography and panorama up to by way of their effect and gear. every one has constructed its personal detailed taste; its personal structure, delicacies, customs, track, costume, dialect or even language. The pages of the Eyewitness go back and forth consultant will supply a style of those components and exhibit you what there's to determine and do.

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Flat-tiled roof Half-timbered houses are typical of Normandy, Alsace, Champagne, Picardy, the Landes, and Basque country. The filling between the timbers was wattle and daub or in some cases brick, but it is the arrangement of the smaller posts, different in each region, that best expresses the local style. Dovecote with flat tiles Raised stone foundations Steps to front door Animals or wine housed here The high house is most prominent in the southeast, and is normally built of stone with an exterior stone staircase and upstairs porch.

Napoleon on Campaign A dashing general in the late 1790s, Napoleon remained a remarkable military commander throughout his reign. EMPIRE FASHION Greek and Roman ideals were evident in architecture, furniture, design, and fashion. Women wore light, Classical tunics, the most daring with one shoulder or more bare. David and Gérard were the fashionable portraitists, while Delacroix and Géricault created many Romantic masterpieces. NAPOLEONIC GLORY Though professing himself a true revolutionary, Napoleon developed a taste for imperial pomp.

It was flanked by the Lady Chapel. CLUNY MONASTERY Saint Benedict Saint Benedict established the Benedictine rule: monks were to divide their time between work and prayer. The Benedictine abbey of Cluny (see p345) was founded in 910 with the aim of major monastic reforms. This major religious cener, here shown as a reconstruction (after Conant), had great influence over hundreds of monasteries throughout Europe. 590 Saint Colombanus introduces Irish monasticism to France 732 Battle of Poitiers: Charles Martel repulses Arab invasion 508 Paris made capital of the Frankish kingdom 500 496 Conversion of Clovis, king of the Franks, to Christianity 700 600 629–37 Dagobert I, the last effec- tive ruler of the Merovingian dynasty, brings temporary unity to the Frankish kingdom Dagobert I 751 Pepin becomes first king of the Carolingian dynasty T H E H I S T O R Y O F F R A N C E 49 WHERE TO SEE MONASTIC FRANCE The monastic realm has survived in austere Cistercian abbeys in Burgundy, such as Fontenay (see pp332–3).

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