The Story of Old France

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(4.1 stars; 9 reviews)

The aim of this volume is to give a complete graphic account of the main features of the history of France to 1715 A.D., with as much additional illuminating detail as limited space permits. Besides outlines of the principal events, this narrative includes many biographical sketches, together with the anecdotes and sayings to which allusions are often made in literature, politics, and arts. It also gives such data in regard to places, public buildings, and works of art as the well informed like to have at their fingers' ends. (from the Preface) (9 hr 57 min)


Preface 3:23 Read by Kangaroo
France Long Ago 3:05 Read by Sonia
How the Gauls Came Into France 4:17 Read by Owen Cook
The Priests of the Gauls 5:45 Read by Owen Cook
Sailor Stories 4:10 Read by Owen Cook
Conquests of the Gauls 4:21 Read by Owen Cook
Two Great Battles 4:10 Read by Sonia
Caesar in Gaul 5:31 Read by Sonia
Gaul Under the Romans 8:54 Read by Michael Lucas
The First Christian Martyrs 3:47 Read by Michael Lucas
The Patron Saint of France 5:06 Read by Michael Lucas
How the Franks Came Into Gaul 7:56 Read by Michael Lucas
The First Kings 6:20 Read by MFD32
Conversion and Conquests of Clovis 7:30 Read by Sonia
Clotaire and His Relatives 6:43 Read by Sonia
Two Rival Queens 4:01 Read by Sonia
Good King Dagobert and His Successors 5:31 Read by Sonia
The Saracens Checked 3:11 Read by Sonia
The End of the Merovingians 5:09 Read by Ross Klatte
Charlemagne's Wars 7:34 Read by Michael Lucas
Charlemagne's Manner of Life 8:39 Read by Michael Lucas
Charlemagne, Emperor 7:08 Read by Michael Lucas
Feudalism 7:26 Read by Kalynda
Troublesome Sons 5:03 Read by Ross Klatte
The Strassburg Oath 4:35 Read by Ulysse McConnell
The Normans Besiege Paris 4:52 Read by Ulysse McConnell
The Last of the Carolingians 5:59 Read by Sonia
The Year One Thousand 3:52 Read by Will Thompson
Robert's Two Wives 7:34 Read by Mayah
The Wealth of the Clergy 7:05 Read by Ananda
The First Crusade 8:16 Read by Teresa McPeat
A Love Story 4:04 Read by MFD32
The Second Crusade 4:32 Read by Sonia
More Crusades 9:18 Read by Shasta
The Battle of Bouvines 4:02 Read by Eva Davis
Regency of Blanche of Castile 5:31 Read by Eva Davis
The Sixth Crusade 4:43 Read by Aaron Rivera
The Reign of Louis IX 4:46 Read by Aaron Rivera
Effect of the Crusades 5:32 Read by Aaron Rivera
The Battle of the Spurs 5:35 Read by Aaron Rivera
Death of the Knights Templar 6:26 Read by Michael Lucas
The Beginning of the Hundred Years' War 5:39 Read by Owen Cook
The Siege of Calais 7:47 Read by Owen Cook
The Battle of Poitiers 6:26 Read by Owen Cook
Seven Years of Misery (1356-1363) 7:18 Read by Owen Cook
Th Brave Du Guesclin 5:44 Read by Owen Cook
The Achievements of Charles V. 8:02 Read by Owen Cook
Charles VI. 9:18 Read by Owen Cook
Misrule in France 6:26 Read by Kalynda
The Disgraceful Treaty 5:18 Read by Sonia
Joan to the Rescue 7:32 Read by Michael Lucas
Orleans and Rheims 7:00 Read by Owen Cook
Joan's Captivity and Martyrdom 10:14 Read by Michael Lucas
Charles's Successes 5:33 Read by Will Thompson
The Crafty King Louis XI. 5:29 Read by Will Thompson
Beginning of Louis XI.'s Reign 5:58 Read by Will Thompson
Achievements of Louis XI. 7:42 Read by MFD32
Charles VIII. 9:34 Read by MFD32
Second Italian War 5:20 Read by MFD32
Death of Louis XII. 7:36 Read by MFD32
Francis I. 5:38 Read by Owen Cook
Rivalry of Kings 10:19 Read by Owen Cook
Achievements of Francis I. 5:54 Read by Owen Cook
The End of Francis I.'s Reign 8:17 Read by Owen Cook
The Reign of Henry II. 9:51 Read by Owen Cook
A Young King and Queen 4:58 Read by MFD32
Catherine's Regency 8:24 Read by MFD32
The Forced Wedding 6:21 Read by MFD32
The Massacre of the Hueguenots 5:39 Read by MFD32
Death of Charles IX. 4:53 Read by MFD32
An Effeminate King 6:40 Read by MFD32
The Battle of Coutras 6:20 Read by MFD32
The Murder of the Guises 8:27 Read by MFD32
Winning a Crown 8:38 Read by Owen Cook
Conversion of Henry IV. 8:20 Read by Owen Cook
Henry IV.'s Second Marriage 5:15 Read by Owen Cook
Death of Henry IV. 5:45 Read by Owen Cook
The Minority of Louis XIII. 9:37 Read by Mayah
The Rule of Favorites 6:58 Read by MFD32
Richelieu and Louis XIII. 6:51 Read by MFD32
End of Louis XIII.'s Reign 6:15 Read by MFD32
The Beginning of a Great Reign 7:47 Read by MFD32
The Wars of the Fronde 8:27 Read by MFD32
Death of Mazarin 5:59 Read by Sonia
Versailles 13:02 Read by Mayah
The Iron Mask 8:57 Read by Mayah
Louis XIV.'s Personal Campaigns 9:00 Read by MFD32
Madame de Maintenon 8:38 Read by MFD32
Later Wars of Louis XIV. 7:02 Read by MFD32
The Spanish Succession 6:30 Read by MFD32
The Age of Louis XIV. 7:18 Read by MFD32


(4 stars)

When I was at school in England history was taught from a very British perspective so, for me, this book was enlightening to say the least. Most reading is of a good standard but one or two readers struggle.

ok book

(3 stars)

worth listening too! didn't like the many different readers. a few seemed to have a rough time!!!


(5 stars)

I'm almost done and it's a great book. some readers are more enjoyable to listen to than others, but no complaints for free price tag