France

Interior view of Coucy, 1890 © Roger-Viollet/Getty Images

The changing fates of one of France’s grandest castles are a microcosm for its history.

Louis XIV after Charles Le Brun,17th century © Bridgeman Images

An alliance between Louis XIV and a Transylvanian prince was just one aspect of the Sun King’s ambition to dominate Europe.

The sound of silence: ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’, by Alfred Latour, from Modern Woodcuts and Lithographs by British and French Artists,  by Geoffrey Holme, 1919 © Getty Images

The devastating fire at Notre-Dame destroyed more than just bricks.

The "Bal des ardents" from Froissart's Chroniques, British Library Harley MS 4380, c.1800 Aquatint by J. Harris after J. Froissart. Wellcome Collection.

On 28 January 1393 a party at the French royal residence ended in tragedy.

Stock in trade: an advertisement for pot-au-feu beef cubes, illustration by Severo Pozzati (Sepo), 1957.

The story of the ‘mythical centre’ of French cuisine reflects the triumphs and tribulations of its people. 

General de Gaulle on 18 June 1940 in the recording studio of the BBC at Broadcasting House, London.

From de Gaulle’s call to arms against Vichy France to Liberation four years later.

The chef and restaurateur died on 12 February 1935.

Lucie Delarue-Mardrus, c.1905.

Lucie Delarue-Mardrus was at the heart of daring interwar Paris, where she used her influence to defend those left behind by ‘progress’.

A little-known encounter between the English and French navies should rank alongside Trafalgar and the defeat of the Armada.

A French priest’s shocking attack on religion called for the fall of altars and the heads of kings.