Count Frontenac and New France under Louis XIV


Read by Celine Major

(4.5 stars; 5 reviews)

Part five of Francis Parkman's multi-volume series France and England in North America is but one of the masterful narratives that have earned him the reputation as one of the most notable American historians.
Preface excerpt: The events recounted in this book group themselves in the main about a single figure, that of Count Frontenac, the most remarkable man who ever represented the crown of France in the New World. From strangely unpromising beginnings, he grew with every emergency, and rose equal to every crisis. His whole career was one of conflict, sometimes petty and personal, sometimes of momentous consequence, involving the question of national ascendancy on this continent.
NOTE: This audio recording does not include footnotes which mostly refer to the original French sources. They can be found at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6875. (Summary by Celine Major)

Part 1: Pioneers of France in the New World
Part 2: The Jesuits in North America in the 17th Century
Part 4: The Old Régime in Canada
Part 5: Count Frontenac and New France under Louis XIV
Part 6: Montcalm and Wolfe
Part 7: A Half Century of Conflict (10 hr 3 min)

Chapters

Preface 5:12 Read by Celine Major
Chapter I ''1620 - 1672 Count and Countess Frontenac'' - Chapter II ''1672 - 16… 33:41 Read by Celine Major
Chapter III ''1673 - 1675 Frontenac and Perrot'' 24:14 Read by Celine Major
Chapter IV ''1675 - 1682 Frontenac and Duchesneau'' 37:58 Read by Celine Major
Chapter V ''1682 - 1684 Lefevre de la Barre'' 22:44 Read by Celine Major
Chapter VI ''1684 La Barre and the Iroquois'' 37:10 Read by Celine Major
Chapter VII ''1685-1687 Denonville and Dongan'' 31:16 Read by Celine Major
Chapter VIII ''1687 Denonville and the Senecas'' 23:32 Read by Celine Major
Chapter IX ''1687 - 1689 The Iroquois Invasion'' 34:21 Read by Celine Major
Chapter X ''1689 - 1690 Return of Frontenac'' 30:38 Read by Celine Major
Chapter XI ''1690 The Three War-Parties'' 33:22 Read by Celine Major
Chapter XII ''1690 Massachusetts Attacks Quebec'' 35:33 Read by Celine Major
Chapter XIII ''1690 Defence of Quebec'' 31:41 Read by Celine Major
Chapter XIV ''1690 - 1694 The Scourge of Canada'' 42:19 Read by Celine Major
Chapter XV ''1691 - 1695 An Interlude'' 24:24 Read by Celine Major
Chapter XVI ''1690 - 1694 The War in Acadia'' 45:41 Read by Celine Major
Chapter XVII ''1690 - 1697 New France and New England'' 22:41 Read by Celine Major
Chapter XVIII ''1693 - 1697 French and English Rivalry'' 28:03 Read by Celine Major
Chapter XIX ''1696 - 1698 Frontenac Attacks the Onondagas'' 24:14 Read by Celine Major
Chapter XX ''1698 Death of Frontenac'' and Chapter XXI ''1699 - 1701 Conclusion… 34:59 Read by Celine Major

Reviews

SUPERLATIVE HISTORY


(5 stars)

Having read this great work to this point, I am amazed at the complexity and relative completeness of such a formidable task. Parkman's dedication makes most other historians seem like opening acts for his main attraction. It would appear that the survival of New France was basically an accident, given the poor support from France and the derelict governance (Frontenac probably excepted). The Jesuits had their great moments as missionaries, but no one ever believed that they were fit for any share in an intelligent government. Celine Major is a fine reader; many thanks to her.