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The French Riviera

A Cultural History

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The French Riviera by Julian Hale
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Description

The French Riviera conjures up images of yachts on an azure blue sea; the dark green of pines and swaying palms; sports cars on the Corniche roads; the Monte Carlo casino and the Cannes film festival. But as Julian Hale reveals in this fascinating volume, there is another Riviera. Above Monaco towers a ruined reminder of Roman power, the Emperor Augustus' Trophy of the Alps. Monuments to Napoleon and Maginot Line forts testify to turbulent times, while statues and gravestones recall the belle Epoque. Churches and chapels along the coast and in the inland villages contain pictorial and architectural treasures from the Brea family during the Renaissance to Picasso and Matisse in the twentieth century. If the Riviera has had its critics--Somerset Maugham famously called it "a sunny place for shady people"--it remains the epitome of glamour. Julian Hale reveals how a piece of rugged inaccessible coastline was transformed into a byword for luxury and hedonism--but always with a special beauty of its own.

Author Biography

Julian Hale is a writer and broadcaster who divides his time between London and Menton.
Release date Australia
March 1st, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
Maps; Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
Oxford University Press, USA
Pages
234
Dimensions
137x206x18
ISBN-13
9780195398748
Product ID
3833267

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