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A Narrative of Three Years' Residence in France, Principally in the Southern Departments, from the Year 1802 to 1805

A Narrative of Three Years' Residence in France, Principally in the Southern Departments, from the Year 1802 to 1805
Including Some Authentic Particulars Respecting the Early Life of the French Emperor, and a General Inquiry into his Character
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel, Europe

  • Date Published: April 2015
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108081047

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  • The writer and translator Anne Plumptre (1760–1818) and her sister Annabella, also a writer, divided their time between Norwich and London, where they moved in radical and dissenting circles. Anne also travelled abroad, publishing this three-volume description of three years' residence in France in 1810. (Her 1817 volume on Ireland is also reissued in this series.) Like many other Britons, Plumptre took the opportunity of the Peace of Amiens to visit post-revolutionary France, and she stayed in the country until hostilities recommenced in 1805. Sympathetic to the revolution, she intended to examine for herself the state of the country and its people, and compare her first-hand impressions (especially of Napoleon) with the generally hostile information about France then currently available in Britain. Volume 1 describes her stay in Paris, and journey south; Volume 2 is based at Marseilles, and Volume 3 covers her return to England via Bordeaux and Brittany.

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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108081047
    • length: 1418 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 89 mm
    • weight: 1.79kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Departure from London
    2. Stay at Calais
    3. Different entrances to Paris
    4. Public buildings in Paris
    5. The palais-royal
    6. On the theatres at Paris
    7. The Opéra comique
    8. Public gardens at Paris
    9. Monsieur Géoffroi
    10. The jardin de plantes
    11. On the abolition of monarchy and religion in France
    12. Further remarks on the state of religion in France
    13. Interest excited by the situation in France
    14. Different classes
    15. Fetes of the fourteenth of July and the fifteenth of August
    16. The exposition at the Louvre
    17. St Cloud
    18. Route from Paris to Lyons
    19. The city of Lyons
    20. The devastation of the city of Lyons
    21. The college of the Oratoire at Lyons
    22. Account of the prisons at Lyons
    23. Account of the prisons of Lyons (cont.)
    24. Account of the prisons of Lyons (cont.)
    25. Account of the prisons of Lyons (cont.)
    26. Route from Lyons to Avignon
    27. Avignon
    28. Different routes to Vaucluse
    29. Villeneuve
    30. Beaucaire. Volume 2:
    1. Marseilles
    2. Marseilles, the old and new town
    3. The abbey of St Victor
    4. The convent of the Chartreux
    5. The forts of St Nicholas and St John
    6. The battery of the Farot
    7. The column to Bonaparte
    8. Great change made in Marseilles by the revolution
    9. State of alarm during the reign of terror
    10. Instances of abuses
    11. Soap manufactory at Marseilles
    12. Celebration of Christmas and New-Year's-Day
    13. English ladies settled at Marseilles
    14. The bastides about Marseilles
    15. Monsieur Barthelemy
    16. The Fete-Dieu at Aix
    17. The Fete-Dieu at Marseilles
    18. Excursion to Toulon
    19. Toulon
    20. Excursion to the Sainte Beaume
    21. Aix founded by the Romans
    22. The Hotel-de-ville
    23. The hospitals
    24. The courts of law at Aix
    25. The Tolonet
    26. The mountain of Sainte Victoire
    27. On the climate and productions of Provence
    28. On the character of the Provencaux. Volume 3:
    1. Departure from Nismes
    2. Stay at Montpellier
    3. Departure from Montpellier
    4. Stay at Toulouse
    5. Departure from Toulouse
    6. From Moissac to Bordeaux
    7. Striking situation of Bordeaux
    8. Departure from Bordeaux
    9. Nantes
    10. Morlaix
    11. Superstition among the Bretons
    12. Affinity between the Bretons and the Welch and Irish
    13. Fondness of the Bretons for stories
    14. Other reputed ruins of the city of Is
    15. Resemblance of Bretagne to Devonshire
    16. The character of Bonaparte
    17. Bonaparte (cont.)
    18. Further strictures
    19. The opinions of emigrants
    20. The coalitions against Bonaparte
    21. Irritability of Bonaparte's temper
    22. The French not prepared for liberty

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    Anne Plumptre

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