Ina Caro received her master’s degree in history, with a concentration in medieval history, from Long Island University and, shifting her attention to the more recent past, has worked as sole researcher on the award-winning biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro, to who she is married. Never relinquishing her love for medieval France, for the last sixteen years she and her husband have traveled throughout France, studying its history at the sites where it occurred.
The Road from the Pastby Ina Caro
The Road from the Past is a unique new way of looking at France, looking at history, and looking at travel. In it, Ina Caro takes us on an unforgettable tour of France, traveling north through its beautiful regions and chronologically through its colorful history.
We start in Provence, where the Roman Empire held sway, and then go to Languedoc to visit the sites that marked the Age of Faith following the Empire’s fall. Next is the Dordogne, where we experience the feudal Middle Ages, from Charlemagne and the Age of Chivalry to the life of Joan of Arc. Continuing north, we come to the château-studded Loire Valley, “the Valley of Kings,” where monarchs and nobles, as well as their charming mistresses, plotted for wealth and power. Finally, we reach the Île-de-France, surrounding Paris, where Louis XIV solidified his autocratic and imperialistic reign—as did Napoleon a century later
With Ina Caro as an epicurean, knowledgeable, and delightfully opinionated guide, we can always be sure to find the most breathtaking vistas, the most extraordinary châteaux, the most inspiring cathedrals, the best meals. The Road from the Past takes us to where history unfolds—and then to a favorite spot for a picnic or a five-course dinner.
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This is a "required reading" book from our travel agency for our trip to France. If you want an art/historical approach to organizing your own trip to France, this book is for you. It is quite readable, opinionated, and thorough. The author recognizes the rich legacy France offers to the visitor who searches for it, and her book is a valuable guide for such a traveler.
A wonderful way to organize travel within France. We recently followed Ina Caro's suggested routes, and found that her book added both depth and enjoyment to the towns and sites we saw. We especially liked her dry wit, and her relating the behind-the-scenes stories about Roman arenas, theatres & arches, the Dark & Middle ages, the Inquisitions, the Pilgrimages, the walled cities, the fortress cathedral, the Medieval castles along the Loire, etc. By loosely following her book we were able to see & feel history unfold by seeing the most outstanding structures, towns & sites representing each period. Although this book was published in 1996, her recommendations were right on. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is not only the best travel book I've ever read, but it is among the best books of any type I have ever read -- and that's saying a lot!
Amazing.....!Excellent......!Just enjoy it.....!
I think that everybody who are interested in history of France and planning to spend a few days outside of Paris will find this book very informative and enjoyable. Author successfully linked places, history and personal opinions. The best travel book I ever read.