France, 1001 Sights

This distinctive historical and archaeological guidebook to France introduces the reader and traveller to the palpable remains of past cultures that shaped the development of the modern country. A chronological description of the important epochs, from the first appearance of humans in France down to medieval times, is followed by a portrayal of archaeological monuments and details of their exact location. These include prehistoric cave paintings, villages, necropoli, megaliths, Celtic forts and historic Roman and Gallo-Roman remains (including towns, temples, villas, bridges, roads, and aqueducts), early Christian churches, chapels and murals, as well as medieval structures, fortifications, and cemeteries. This book can be used as a field manual to readily find and explore France's ancient heritage or as a reference for those who cannot visit the sites but are interested in the legacy of the past.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
France, 1001 Sights 1
Contents 8
Acknowledgements 10
Maps and Diagrams 11
Introduction 12
Basins and Rivers 13
Mountains 13
Geography 13
Regions 14
Part I: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND 16
1. Appearance of Humans in France 18
3. Neolithic Period 21
2. Mesolithic Period 21
4. Megalithic Monuments 23
5. Age of Metals: Copper and Bronze 24
6. Iron Age Peoples (Celts) 25
7. Roman and Gallo-Roman Period 27
9. Germanic Invasions and the Early Middle Ages 30
8. Early Christian Monuments 30
10. Franks, Merovingians and Visigoths 31
11. Carolingians 32
12. Norsemen and the Foundation of Normandy (Normandie)... 32
14. Conclusion 33
13. The Rise of France 33
15. Chronological Table 34
PART II: SITES AND SIGHTS 36
Alsace 38
Aquitaine 42
Auvergne 53
Bourgogne 56
Bretagne 65
Centre 81
Champagne-Ardenne 89
Franche-Comté 94
Ile de France 97
Languedoc-Roussillon 100
Limousin 113
Lorraine 118
Midi-Pyrénées 123
Nord-Pas-de-Calais 131
Basse-Normandie 135
Haute-Normandie 138
Pays de la Loire 140
Picardie 152
Poitou-Charentes 156
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 167
Rhône-Alpes 183
D 191
C 191
B 191
A 191
Glossary 191
P 192
O 192
N 192
M 192
L 192
I 192
H 192
G 192
F 192
E 192
V 193
T 193
S 193
Colour photographs 194
Bibliography 210
B 212
A 212
Index 212
C 213
J 214
I 214
H 214
G 214
F 214
E 214
D 214
N 215
M 215
L 215
K 215
S 216
R 216
Q 216
P 216
O 216
T 217
U 217
V 217
W 217