Chateau and Country Life in France


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Mary King Waddington was the American daughter of Charles King, ninth president of Columbia University, and the granddaughter of New York Senator Rufus King. She moved to France with her parents in 1871, and three years later married William Waddington, French diplomat and statesman. After Waddington’s death in 1894, Mary published two volumes of memoirs of life as a diplomat’s wife. In 1909 she followed up with Chateau and Country Life in France, which describes her later life in the French countryside. Its chapters tell of chateaux visits, holidays and festivals, and country customs, and are a mix of more formal memoir pieces and sections that read like diary entries or chatty letters to American friends. - Summary by Colleen McMahon (7 hr 46 min)

Chapters

Chapter I Chateau Life, Part 1 29:26 Read by Jenn Broda
Chapter I Chateau Life, Part 2 22:56 Read by Jenn Broda
Chapter II Country Visits, Part 1 25:59 Read by Adam Gammons
Chapter II Country Visits, Part 2 16:12 Read by zzy55
Chapter II Country Visits, Part 3 30:00 Read by zzy55
Chapter III The Home of Lafayette 23:40 Read by Lucy Kempton
Chapter IV Winter at the Chateau, Part 1 26:43 Read by Melinda Fogle
Chapter IV Winter at the Chateau, Part 2 31:40 Read by zzy55
Chapter V Ceremonies and Festivals, Part 1 25:31 Read by Florence
Chapter V Ceremonies and Festivals, Part 2 32:42 Read by Florence
Chapter V Ceremonies and Festivals, Part 3 25:04 Read by Florence
Chapter VI Christmas in the Valois, Part 1 21:14 Read by KevinS
Chapter VI Christmas in the Valois, Part 2 18:02 Read by KevinS
Chapter VII A Racine Celebration 31:47 Read by Lucy Kempton
Chapter VIII A Corner of Normandy 28:17 Read by Lucy Kempton
Chapter IX A Norman Town 26:34 Read by Lucy Kempton
Chapter X Norman Chateaux 21:06 Read by Alex Foster
Chapter XI Boulogne-Sur-Mer, Part 1 21:16 Read by Dyla
Chapter XI Boulogne-Sur-Mer, Part 2 8:35 Read by Tatiana Chichilla