Bart Van Loo - The Burgundians (A Vanished Empire) (2nd Hand Paperback)
ISBN / GTIN-13 : 9781789543445
Subtitled : A History of 1111 Years & One Day.
A masterful history of the great dynasty of the Netherlands' Middle Ages.
At the end of the fifteenth century, Burgundy was extinguished as an independent state. It had been a fabulously wealthy, turbulent region situated between France and Germany, with close links to the English Kingdom.
Torn apart by the dynastic struggles of early modern Europe, this extraordinary realm vanished from the map. But it became the cradle of what we now know as the Low Countries, modern Belgium and The Netherlands.
This is the story of a thousand years, a compulsively readable narrative history of ambitious aristocrats, family dysfunction, treachery, savage battles, luxury and madness. It is about the decline of knightly ideals and the awakening of individualism and of cities, the struggle for dominance in the heart of northern Europe, bloody military campaigns and fatally bad marriages.
It is also a remarkable cultural history, of great art and architecture and music emerging despite the violence and the chaos of the tension between rival dynasties.
- Format : Very Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : As New
- Category : Non-Fiction - Europe
- Published : 2019 (Head of Zeus)
- ISBN : 9781789543445
- SKU : B003143
- PPC : SP500gm
- RRP : £12
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
With colour plates & illustrations. 590pp.
'A sumptuous feast of a book' - The Times, Books of the Year.
'Thrillingly colourful and entertaining' - Sunday Times.
'A thrilling narrative of the brutal dazzlingly rich wildly ambitious duchy' - Simon Sebag Montefiore, Daily Telegraph.
'A masterpiece' - De Morgen.
'A history book that reads like a thriller' - Le Soir.
'Suitably epic.' - BBC History Magazine.
'A sparkling history of the origins of the Low Countries . . . Van Loo arouses interest in the past among thousands of readers, spectators and listeners in an inimitable way' - The Low Countries.
'A pleasure to read from start to finish. How fortunate that Van Loo is not just a historian but also a writer. Truly spectacular!' - Neue Züricher Zeitung.
Bart Van Loo has developed a rare twin talent over the years. While drawing big crowds in the theatre, he is also the author of the universally praised France Trilogy and the bestseller Chanson: A sung history of France. The Burgundians is the first of his books to be translated into English.
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