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The World’s Story Volume V: Italy, France, Spain and Portugal

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This is the fifth volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Tappan. Each book is a compilation of selections from prose literature, poetry and pictures and offers a comprehensive presentation of the world's history, art and culture, from the early times till the beginning of the 20th century. Topics in Part V include Italian painters and poets, the French Revolution, the Spanish Inquisition and Portuguese explorers. - Summary by Sonia

Cast list for A supposed street scene in Verona in the fourteenth century:
Gregory: Nemo / Sampson: Tomas Peter / Abraham: Monika M.C. / Benvolio: Eva Davis / Tybalt: Son of the Exiles / First Citizen: SaraHale / Capulet: Jim Locke / Lady Capulet: Foon / Montague: Larry Wilson / Lady Montague: Devorah Allen / Prince of Verona: alanmapstone / Narrator: Sonia

Cast list for The coming of the Maid of Orléans:
Earl Dunois: Monika M.C. / Johanna: Eva Davis / King Charles: Tomas Peter / Archbishop: Nemo / Hire: alanmapstone / Narrator: Sonia

Cast list for Cardinal Richelieu and his enemy:
Richelieu: Foon / Julie: Monika M.C. / Huguet: Eva Davis / De Mauprat: Tomas Peter / Joseph: Nemo / Narrator: Sonia (18 hr 54 min)

Chapters

Friedland, 1807, by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier (France, 1815-1891), painting,…

3:01

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Italy Part I: In mediaeval times: Historical note

2:50

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The coming of Charlemagne (774), by Gustave Masson

6:19

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How Rome was defended from the Saracens (848), by Archibald Bower

5:02

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The story of Gregory the Great (1050-1085), by Louise Creighton

7:36

Read by Sonia

Excommunicated, by Jean Paul Laurens (French painter, 1838), painting p. 12

2:36

Read by Sonia

St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), by Eva March Tappan

6:43

Read by Devorah Allen

The sermon of St. Francis, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2:12

Read by Nemo

A day in Florence, in the thirteenth century, by Guido Biagi

12:46

Read by Jim Locke

Italy Part II: Dante and his age: Historical note

2:57

Read by Monika M. C.

Dante's vision of Heaven (1265-1321), by Norley Chester

7:29

Read by Monika M. C.

Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374), by Eva March Tappan

6:27

Read by Jim Locke

Pope Boniface defies his assailants, by Albert Maignan (France, 1844-1908), pai…

2:23

Read by Alan Mapstone

A supposed street scene in Verona in the fourteenth century, by William Shakesp…

7:12

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The rule of Rienzi (1347-1354), by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

16:57

Read by Pier

The flagellants, by Carl Marr (American painter, 1858), painting p. 48

2:35

Read by Foon

Italy Part III: The Renaissance: Historical note

2:53

Read by Roger Melin

How the doges of Venice were chosen, from the old chronicles

8:22

Read by Lynda Marie Neilson

The burning of the vanities (1497), by George Eliot

14:18

Read by April6090

Benvenuto Cellini, a goldsmith of the sixteenth century (1500-1571), by Alexand…

17:36

Read by Jim Locke

Galileo before the Inquisition, by Joseph Nicholas Robert-Fleury (French painte…

2:33

Read by Alan Mapstone

The Bridge of Sighs, by Lord Byron

1:10

Read by Nemo

Italy Part IV: Stories of the Italian artists: Historical note

2:57

Read by Roger Melin

Cimabue, the father of painting (1240-1302), by Clara Erskine Clement

3:34

Read by Jim Locke

Giotto and his ''O'' (1276-1336), by Clara Erskine Clement

4:45

Read by Tomas Peter

Stories of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), by Giorgio Vasari

19:30

Read by Devorah Allen

Padre Bandelli proses to the duke Ludovico Sforza about Leonardo da Vinci, by W…

8:48

Read by Lynda Marie Neilson

Michael Angelo and Pope Julius II (1506-1512), by Anna Jameson

8:40

Read by Jim Locke

Michael Angelo and Raphael in the Vatican, by Horace Vernet (France, 1789-1863)…

3:03

Read by Alan Mapstone

Raphael and his critic (1483-1520), by Giorgio Vasari

7:06

Read by Jim Locke

Vasari's memories of Titian (1477-1576), by Giorgio Vasari

7:24

Read by Jim Locke

Italy Part V: Modern Italy: Historical note

2:47

Read by April6090

When Napoleon crossed the Alps (1800), by John S. C. Abbott

26:43

Read by Jim Locke

How Italy became a united country (1848-1861), by Louise Creighton

9:37

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The forced recruit, Solferino, 1859, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

2:32

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Garibaldi and his prisoner (1860), by Felicia Buttz Clark

8:08

Read by April6090

France Part I: In the dark ages: Historical note

2:39

Read by J. M. Smallheer

The Christmas of 496, by J. C. Bateman

22:17

Read by Jim Locke

The famous victory of Charles Martel (732), by A. W. Grube

4:43

Read by Jim Locke

The lament of Charlemagne for Roland (about 780), translated by Isabel Butler

8:55

Read by Jim Locke

Charlemagne, emperor of the West (800), by A. W. Grube

11:05

Read by Jim Locke

Rollo the Viking (885), by Eva March Tappan

6:56

Read by Jim Locke

Saint Louis opening the prisons of his realm, by Luc Olivier Merson (French pai…

2:47

Read by Foon

France Part II: Stories of the Hundred Years' War: Historical note

2:30

Read by J. M. Smallheer

The battle of Crécy (1346), by Sir John Froissart

10:23

Read by Ulrike Denis

How Queen Philippa saved the burghers (1347), by Sir John Froissart

7:44

Read by Colleen McMahon

The coming of the Maid of Orléans (1428) by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schi…

12:24

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

Coronation of Charles VII at Rheims, by Jules Eugène Lenepveu (from a painting …

2:51

Read by Lynda Marie Neilson

The death of Jeanne d'Arc (1431), by Mary Rogers Bangs

10:20

Read by Jim Locke

France Part III: France under the Valois kings: Historical note

1:47

Read by J. M. Smallheer

Where Louis XI said his prayers (about 1483), by Victor Hugo

31:57

Read by Jim Locke

Anne of Brittany and her court (1476-1514), by Catherine Charlotte

12:06

Read by thestorygirl

The death of the chevalier Bayard (1524), from the old chronicles

6:10

Read by Jim Locke

Francis I and Charles V in St. Denis, by Antoine Jean Gros (French artist, 1771…

2:51

Read by Lynda Marie Neilson

King Francis I and the goldsmith (1540), by Benvenuto Cellini

12:39

Read by Colleen McMahon

France Part IV: The house of Bourbon: Historical note

2:12

Read by J. M. Smallheer

The battle of Ivry (1590), by Thomas Babington Macaulay

5:23

Read by Colleen McMahon

Henry IV and Marie de Médici, by Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish painter, 1574-1642)…

2:16

Read by Foon

Cardinal Richelieu and his enemy (about 1640), by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton

22:09

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

In the days of the Fronde (1648), by Alexandre Dumas

23:04

Read by Jim Locke

The death of Louis XIV (1715), by Julie Pardoe

11:19

Read by Jim Locke

Louis XIV and Molière, by Jean Léon Gérôme (French painter, born 1824, died 190…

2:10

Read by Tomas Peter

France Part V: On the eve of the French Revolution: Historical note

2:25

Read by J. M. Smallheer

When Marie Antoinette entered Paris (1773)

2:41

Read by April6090

How the queen was served, by Madame Campan

2:07

Read by Foon

The wardrobe of Marie Antoinette, by Madame Campan

5:53

Read by April6090

The fall of the Bastille (1789), by Alexandre Dumas

13:06

Read by Colleen McMahon

The flight of Louis XVI (1791), by Charles Duke Yonge

20:12

Read by Jim Locke

The Marseillaise (1792), by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle

4:33

Read by Alan Mapstone

France Part VI: The reign of Terror: Historical note

2:42

Read by J. M. Smallheer

The execution of Louis XVI (1793), by Edmond Biré

13:37

Read by Colleen McMahon

Marie Antoinette in the Conciergerie, by Charles Louis Müller (French painter, …

2:35

Read by Hypatia

In the revolt of the Vendée (1793), by Victor Hugo

16:13

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Girondists on their way to the guillotine, by Karl Theodor von Piloty (German a…

2:24

Read by Hypatia

At the guillotine, by Charles Dickens

12:21

Read by Sonia

The fall of Robespierre (1794), by Thomas Carlyle

23:31

Read by Jim Locke

France Part VII: Napoleon Bonaparte: Historical note

1:52

Read by Hypatia

The eighteenth Brumaire, by François Bouchot (French artist, 1800-1842), painti…

2:57

Read by Alan Mapstone

The battle of Eylau (1807), by Isaac McLellan

4:39

Read by Alan Mapstone

The retreat from Moscow (1812), by Victor Hugo

5:15

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The retreat from Moscow, by Adolphe Yvon (French painter, 1817-1893), painting …

3:33

Read by Alan Mapstone

The coming of Louis XVIII (1814), by Louisa Mühlbach

9:00

Read by Ting Cleary

The return of Napoleon from Elba (1815), by Anonymous

10:36

Read by Availle

When Napoleon returned from Elba (1815), by Napoleon Bonaparte

2:41

Read by Devorah Allen

Waterloo (1815), by Victor Hugo

35:42

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Evening of the battle of Waterloo, by Ernest Crofts (English painter, 1847), pa…

2:48

Read by Alan Mapstone

The death of Napoleon (1821), by Isaac McLellan

3:02

Read by Alan Mapstone

France Part VIII: The Franco-Prussian War: Historical note

1:43

Read by J. M. Smallheer

The white flag of Sedan (1870), by Emile Zola

22:30

Read by Jim Locke

One day under the Commune (1871), by John Leighton

22:10

Read by Jim Locke

The defense of Champigny, by Jean Baptiste Edouard Detaille (born in Paris, 184…

1:41

Read by Lynda Marie Neilson

The soldiers' dream, by Jean Baptiste Edouard Detaille (French artist, 1848), p…

2:43

Read by Lynda Marie Neilson

Spain Part I: Under the Romans and the Moors: Historical note

2:00

Read by Hypatia

The sacrifice of the people of Saguntum (219 B.C.) by Mrs M. G. Quincy Sleeper

10:50

Read by Hypatia

The white hind of Sertorius (about 80 B.C.), by Plutarch

4:46

Read by Devorah Allen

The challenge of Paulus (about 672 A.D.), by Paulus

2:46

Read by Lynda Marie Neilson

King Roderick and the magic tower (709 A.D.), an ancient legend related by Wash…

20:28

Read by April6090

Diego Perez, ''the Pounder'', from an old Spanish ballad, translated by J. G. L…

3:22

Read by Foon

The Cid and the leper (eleventh century), an old Spanish ballad, translated by …

5:02

Read by Tomas Peter

Spain Part II: The reign of Ferdinand and Isabella: Historical note

1:20

Read by Hypatia

The elopment of Ferdinand and Isabella (1469), by John S. C. Abbott

8:48

Read by Adam Santoni

Torquemada and the catholic king, by Jean Paul Laurens (French artist, 1838), p…

2:16

Read by Hypatia

The surrender of Granada (1492), by Washington Irving

14:15

Read by Availle

The governor of the Alhambra and the notary, by Washington Irving

15:07

Read by Jim Locke

A glimpse of Columbus in Spain (1492), by James Fenimore Cooper

16:58

Read by realisticspeakers

Columbus at the court of Spain, by Vacslav Brozik (Bohemian artist, 1851-1901),…

2:02

Read by Hypatia

The return of Columbus (1493), by Washington Irving

6:29

Read by Adam Santoni

Spain Part III: Spain at the height of her power: Historical note

1:28

Read by Hypatia

The first voyage around the World, by Eva March Tappan

7:15

Read by realisticspeakers

The abdication of Charles (1556), by William H. Prescott

12:30

Read by Lynda Marie Neilson

The Escurial, by Théophile Gautier, translated by C. F. Bates

2:43

Read by Alan Mapstone

The knight of the windmills, by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

16:16

Read by April6090

Captain Cuellar of the Armada and his troubles (1588), by James Anthony Froude

15:31

Read by Hypatia

Spain Part IV: The period of decline: Historical note

2:27

Read by April6090

Velasquez, the greatest of Spanish painters (1599-1660), by Mrs M. G. Quincy Sl…

5:37

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Spanish home life in the seventeenth century, by Mrs M. G. Quincy Sleeper

10:06

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The queen and her superintendent, by Mrs M. G. Quincy Sleeper

17:34

Read by Lynda Marie Neilson

The crossing of the Douro (1809), by Charles Lever

24:29

Read by Sandra Schmit

Portugal Part I: The age of chivalry: Historical note

1:23

Read by April6090

How the first king of Portugal won his kingdom (1139-1185), by Oswald Crawfurd

18:23

Read by Leni

The penance of a prince (about 1240), by Edward McMurdo

4:55

Read by April6090

The coronation of Inez de Castro (about 1347), by Felicia D. Hemans

5:39

Read by Larry Wilson

The betrothal of Princess Philippa (1385), by Sir John Froissart

11:59

Read by Hypatia

A joust at the court of Portugal (about 1400), by Sir John Froissart

9:19

Read by Hypatia

Portugal Part II: Exploration and discovery: Historical note

1:27

Read by April6090

Prince Henry the Navigator (1394-1460), by John Fiske

4:33

Read by Lynda Marie Neilson

The search for Prester John (1486), by John Fiske

7:16

Read by Leni

The first voyage to India (1497), by William H. G. Kingston

21:59

Read by Leni

How Portugal opened commerce with India (1498), by Jules Verne

14:17

Read by Angelique G. Campbell

The speech of Vasco da Gama to the king of Calicut (1498), by Luis de Camoëns

5:44

Read by Jim Locke

Portugal Part III: The last four centuries: Historical note

2:06

Read by April6090

The departure of King Sebastian (1578), an old Spanish ballad, translated by J.…

5:03

Read by Tomas Peter

The earthquake at Lisbon (1755), by Rev. Charles Davy

20:07

Read by April6090

A Portuguese shooting party (1880), by Oswald Crawfurd

11:36

Read by Sonia