The Loire: A Cultural History

Paperback | January 17, 2011

byMartin Garrett

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Gustave Flaubert called the Loire "the most French of French rivers." It is the longest river in France and the most varied in scenery and moods. Beginning as a mountain stream in the Ardeche, it issues, 630 miles later, into the Atlantic beyond the great modern port of St.-Nazaire. Small andrapid at first, the Loire runs through dark volcanic hills; further downstream it becomes the broad, slower river of sandy islands, poplars, and chateaux and of the vibrant cities of Orleans, Blois, Tours, and Nantes (the former capital of Brittany). It is lined with vineyards, forests, medievalfortresses, and flamboyant Renaissance palaces. It is fed by countless tributaries, from rivulets to mighty rivers like the Allier, Cher, and Vienne, each with their own remarkable sights.Martin Garrett follows the Loire's course through cities and countryside, tracing its dramatic history from the days of feuding warlords and barons to the battles of 1940. Looking at the wide range of literature, art, and architecture created along its banks, he considers works from Du Bellay andBalzac to Virginia Woolf, from Renaissance palace builders to Le Corbusier.

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Gustave Flaubert called the Loire "the most French of French rivers." It is the longest river in France and the most varied in scenery and moods. Beginning as a mountain stream in the Ardeche, it issues, 630 miles later, into the Atlantic beyond the great modern port of St.-Nazaire. Small andrapid at first, the Loire runs through dark ...

Martin Garrett is author of Provence: A Cultural History (OUP, 2006), Cambridge: A Cultural and Literary History (Signal Books, 2004), and Venice: A Cultural and Literary History (Signal Books, 2001).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199768390

ISBN - 13:9780199768394

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Introduction: The Most French of French Rivers1. Struggling with the Rocks: From the Source to Roanne2. The Green Provinces: From Digoin to Sancerre3. Corn and Combat: From Briare to the Beauce4. "Many Fair Noblemen's Houses": From the Sologne to Chaumont-sur-Loire5. Chateaux in Touraine: From Amboise to Vouvray6. Balzac's Loire: From Tours to Langeais7. Giants and Princes: From Usse to Montsoreau8. Sand, Tufa and Slate: From Saumur to Mauves-sur-Loire9. Loire Maritime: From Nantes to the AtlanticFurther ReadingIndex of Literary and Historical NamesIndex of Places and Landmarks