By Jim Ring
The Riviera has encouraged numerous novelists and artists, attracted as a lot by way of its viewers as by means of its position (Somerset Maugham referred to as it 'a sunny position for shady people'). yet for almost all of the English, the Riviera used to be made well-known by means of hearsay and record: it was once the scene of the romance of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson; and, post-war, turned the holiday spot of Hollywood starlets. however the Côte d'Azur has an extended background of attracting international celebrities and royalty, because the 17th century, whilst it was once a preventing aspect at the course south for aristocratic Grand travelers.
Later, English and Scottish invalids, between them Robert Louis Stevenson, doctors' orders and holidayed at the Riviera for his or her well-being. Jim Ring explores those origins and the advancements that came about at the coast - the influence of rail commute, of battle, of famous person and of the English. '
An interesting survey . . . it's the excellent e-book to conceal your smirk in the back of at the prom des Anglais as yet one more roller-blading granny glides prior in a leopard-sking thong.' Sunday Telegraph
Jim Ring's Riviera corrals an array of vignettes of the Côte d'Azur's most renowned habitués from the Romans to the Rolling Stones . . . a trendy and pleasingly gossipy assessment of the region's fluctuating fortunes.' Time Out
'A hugely readable history.' Guardian
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Overcrowded and dirty, Paris brought even the most levelheaded of inhabitants to the brink of violence. Conflicts were frequently adjudicated by a supply of weapons—from brass knuckles and clubs to daggers and rapiers—kept close at hand. When street “justice” was dealt, it came swiftly and often to the great shock of its victim. Only steps from the king’s library on the rue Richelieu, a watchmaker encountered a former customer. Bypassing all polite greetings, the man launched into vitriolic complaints about defects in the watch he had bought a year earlier.
D’Aubray had been ill before the trip to Offémont. Moreover, the only person close enough to poison d’Aubray at Offémont was the marquise. The very idea was preposterous. Surely a woman “raised in an honest family, who had such a pleasant face and complexion, and appeared so good natured” could not be capable of poisoning her own father. Equally reluctant to pursue the question, the civil lieutenant’s doctors declared that the sixty-six-year-old man had died of a sudden return of gout, an illness he had battled several years earlier.
With a strength that belied his age, Tardieu lunged at the thieves, battling the Touchet brothers for the gun. One of the brothers dropped the weapon and kicked it swiftly across the room. As Tardieu crouched to retrieve it, the second brother reached underneath his belt and removed a dagger. With four strokes to the neck, Tardieu crumpled to the floor. Servants discovered the couple’s corpses when they returned from church. Shocked, they ran into the streets screaming. The local guardsmen came and, after searching the home, they found the younger of the two brothers crouching on the roof.