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A Personal History of France, Germany and the Countries in Between

Simon Winder



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25 February 2020
From the bestselling author of Germania, Lotharinigia is the third installment in Simon Winder's personal history of Europe.

In 843 AD, the three surviving grandsons of the great emperor Charlemagne met at Verdun. After years of bitter squabbles over who would inherit the family land, they finally decided to divide the territory and go their separate ways. In a moment of staggering significance, one grandson inherited the area we now know as France, another Germany and the third received the piece in between: Lotharingia.

Lotharingia is a history of in-between Europe. It is the story of a place between places. In this beguiling, hilarious and compelling book, Simon Winder retraces the various powers that have tried to overtake the land that stretches from the mouth of the Rhine to the Alps and the might of the peoples who have lived there for centuries.
By:   Simon Winder
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   381g
ISBN:   9781509803262
ISBN 10:   1509803262
Pages:   576
Publication Date:   25 February 2020
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Simon Winder is the author of the highly praised The Man Who Saved Britain and the Sunday Times top-ten bestseller Germania. He works in publishing and lives in Wandsworth Town.

Reviews for Lotharingia: A Personal History of France, Germany and the Countries in Between

Brings to mind PJ O'Rourke's Holidays in Hell or anything by Bill Bryson. Historians can be a dismal lot...Winder, in contrast, clearly loves writing; his enjoyment is evident on every page -- Gerard DeGroot * The Times * The high plateau of my year was my catching up with Simon Winder. Danubia and Germania are an idiosyncratic, often funny fusion of history writing, travel writing and disrespect -- Sir Tom Stoppard * TLS * By making it pivotal to his trilogy and, in this book, by rescuing Lotharingia from historical oblivion, Winder looks afresh at the long arc of European history, with its perpetual interplay between defiant local units and grandiose attempts at unifying schemes. Even now, in the battles over Brexit and the future of the EU, we see those opposites at war. In that sense, we are all the heirs of Charlemagne -- Stephen Moss * Guardian * Simon Winder has created a genre all of his own, the history-travelogue-memoir, which he uses adeptly to explore the hinterlands between France and Germany and their centuries of dynasties, discord and discontent . . . the reader emerges, blinking, to confront an essential truth: the ground beneath our feet is far less stable, and far more interesting, than had previously been imagined -- Judith Flanders, author of <i>The Victorian House </i>and <i>Christmas: A Biography</i> Simon Winder is a deft and gentle guide to the Franco-Dutch-German borderlands, which at various times have been the epicentre of major conflicts. There is so much fascinating detail in this book that it is hard to put down . . . -- Michael Burleigh, author of <i>The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: A History of Now</i> Weird and wonderful...[written by] a compendious mind that darts from the sublime to the ridiculous on every page. No Briton has written better than Winder about Europe. At a time when we might be tempted to turn our backs on our neighbours in exasperation at the hostility that Brexit has provoked on the continent, we could do worse than to read his three volumes to remind ourselves that we, too, are Europeans - not least in our love of horrible history -- Daniel Johnson * Sunday Times * A master of the art of making history both funny and fun . . . Once again he brings Germany bouncing back to life -- Simon Jenkins, author of <i>A Short History of Europe</i>

  • Short-listed for Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award 2020 (UK)

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