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La Fayette, We Are Here!

French history podcast, by a Frenchman. Learn all about France's history: Charlemagne, The Hundred Years’ War, Jeanne d’Arc, New France, Louis XIV, the Révolution, Napoléon and much more! Artwork by Lucia Ceta.

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Napoléon : the Man and his Books, with Louis Sarkozy
When we talk about Napoléon, we often talk about battles or politics, but we don't talk nearly enough about the man. Some dismiss him as a proto-Hitler, others adore him as they would a god. But few actually try to crack open the mysteries of the Napoleonic mind. Author Louis Sarkozy did just that, by studying Napoléon Bonaparte and his most important personal activity: his readings.Louis Sarkozy's upcoming book, Napoleon's Library, is both a fantastic character study and a thoroughly executed research on the emperor's reading habits. It informs us of the importance of his readings, as well as the evolution of his mind throughout the years.Louis and I had a fantastic discussion regarding Napoléon's character, achievements, failures and legacy. We also threw a few jabs at the 2023 movie by Ridley Scott.Timecodes:Introduction04:13 - Napoléon's Readings12:55 - From Words to Action19:06 - From Thinker to Soldier33:59 - Napoléon's Mythos & Legacy52:11- Napoléon's Greatest Strengths and Weaknesses01:01:28 - The 2023 Movie01:08:11 - ConclusionLouis Sarkozy's Website: https://www.louissarkozy.org/Louis Sarkozy's Profile on X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/napsarkozyMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: Bonaparte, Premier consul, by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1804)Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
70:28 5/7/24
Camille Saint-Saëns and France's Music
We often see history as a succession of dates, events, wars and political machinations. But we should not forget that history is also forged by culture and by art. Art reflects society's values and aspirations, but also helps create them and move people forward. It also elevates us and makes us better in many ways.Among the many art forms available to us, music is the one that transports us with the greatest strength. It surrounds us, lifts us and takes us to places we didn't know existed. Oh, literature and paintings can do that too, but music is special. It is unique as it can be savoured with our eyes closed. Let's meet Camille Saint-Saëns and France's music!Timecodes:Introduction04:33 - A Young Prodigy12:28 - The Remarkable Organist & Pianist19:17 - World Famous Composer32:13 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Musical excerpts (in order): Finale - Carnival of the Animals, R. 125 Phaeton, Op. 39 Symphony #3 In C Minor, Op. 78, "Organ", 4th movement Danse Macabre, Op. 40 Symphony #3 In C Minor, Op. 78, "Organ", 1st movement The Swan - Carnival of the Animals, R. 125 Aviary - Carnival of the Animals, R. 125 Aquarium - Carnival of the Animals, R. 125 Pianists - Carnival of the Animals, R. 125 Royal march of the Lion - Carnival of the Animals, R. 125Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
36:46 4/9/24
The First World War. The French Experience
For France, the Great War is a serious and deep wound that she partially inflicted on herself. It is painful and has never fully healed. It is something personal, felt by all strata of the nation. From the humblest peasant to the richest industrialist, no layer of French society was spared in the great slaughter that the trenches were. The country itself still bears the scars of battles dating back nearly 110 years. Every city and village in France has a monument to the dead of the First World War, often with a staggering number of fallen soldiers considering the local population. And that's not counting the wounded, the mutilated, the traumatized.We are not going to go through dates and battles. We are not going to summarize four years of destructive conflict by analyzing every move and strategic decision. Others have done it many times, surely better than me. No, we will focus on the experience of the country of France during those dreadful years from 1914 to 1918. Timecodes:Introduction05:18 - On The War Path13:22 - The Poilus26:51 - France at War42:18 - Life after 191848:11 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: Fête de L’Alsace-Lorraine le 17 novembre 1918. Les blessés défilent avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris. Agence Rol, Public Domain (Gallica)Recommended link: Blueprint for Armageddon, Hardcore History podcast by Dan CarlinSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
52:33 2/7/24
Nathanael Greene and La Fayette, Partners in Freedom. With Salina B. Baker.
In this unique episode, we engage in a conversation with Salina B. Baker, an accomplished author of historical fiction, who has received multiple awards for her work. Additionally, she is a historian specializing in the American Revolution and Victorian America.She has just released an outstanding novel titled "The Line of Splendor: A Novel of Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution." In our conversation, we delve into the intricate relationship between General Greene and his close French ally, the Marquis de La Fayette. This profound friendship holds significance not only for the two men but also for the broader context of the American Revolution, symbolizing the enduring and meaningful connection between France and the United States of America in various aspects.Timecodes:Introduction03:01 - Meet Nathanael Greene09:57 - Greene and La Fayette20:40 - Working Together27:39 - Fighting for the Cause30:41 - Friends after the War40:16 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork:  "Nathanael Greene in General uniform" by Charles Willson Peale (left) and "The young Marquis de Lafayette wearing his uniform as Major General of the Continental Army" by Charles Willson Peale (right).Recommended link: Salina B. Baker's website (https://www.salinabbaker.com/)Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
42:25 1/9/24
The Dreyfus Affair. France's Shame
Liberté, égalité, fraternité. This is the French Republic’s motto. Liberty and equality are also in the first article of the "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen" of 1789. The French are very proud of that heritage, of France’s struggle during and after the Revolution. They think of their homeland as the cradle of liberty in Europe, as a welcoming and understanding land, ruled by reason and intellect, rather than by prejudice and bigotry. Sadly, those clear and healthy waters of freedom and justice often got muddied over the years.In the late nineteenth century, France was a wounded country. Her honour had been tarnished in 1870-71 and her population was deeply traumatized by the civil war that ensued. Fears of an enemy, and of traitors, was at an all time high. This very specific phase mixed with an element older than France herself: antisemitism. In 1894, captain Alfred Dreyfus would suffer greatly as a consequence of those elements. Although there are some saving graces, and some might even say a silver lining, this whole series of events really are France’s shame!Timecodes:Introduction03:38 - La Belle Époque08:48 - Alfred Dreyfus, Jewish French officer14:28 - Dreyfus Arrested21:17 - L'Affaire begins26:07 - J'accuse...!34:03 - The Rennes Trial39:20 - Rehabilitation44:10 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: "The traitor: Degradation of Alfred Dreyfus, degradation in the Morland Court of the military school in Paris" front page of the illustrated supplement of the Petit Journal, Sunday, January 13, 1895.Recommended link: The Siècle podcast by David H. Montgomery, available at http://thesiecle.com/Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
48:16 12/12/23
The Seven Years' War. The Great French Disaster
This particular conflict goes by multiple names and definitions. While it is globally recognized as the Seven Years' War, it is more commonly referred to in America as the French and Indian War, and in Canada as the War of Conquest. These wars are all interconnected and are part of a vast global struggle between the two superpowers of the mid-eighteenth century: France and Great Britain.Considered by many as the first true world war, it continues to reverberate even today. Join us as we embark on a historical journey, with Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour, the Marquis de Montcalm, and general Wolfe as our guides, to examine "the Great French Disaster." Timecodes:Introduction04:18 - The Origins of Conflict13:21 - From Frontier Struggle to Global War22:12 - Downward Spiral28:51 - The Great Disaster37:46 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: The death of the Marquis de Montcalm, by Juste Chevillet, National Gallery of CanadaRecommended link: "The Life and Times of Frederick the Great" podcast by Alec AvdakovSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
44:14 11/7/23
Richelieu and Louis XIII, France’s Dynamic Duo?
King Louis XIII and the Cardinal de Richelieu. These two men are quite important and deserve to be better known. The Cardinal is probably the most known of the two, because of his policies, wars and his long lasting impact on French institutions and Europe's destiny.Louis XIII is often perceived as the weaker of the two, the king who merely signed his minister's recommendation. But history is never quite that straightforward, that easy. It is under these men that France will become an absolute monarchy and will begin her rise as Europe's dominant power. Louis XIII's son, Louis XIV will complete his father's work and become Europe's most powerful monarch. Join me as I discuss the Just king and the famed red eminence, France's dynamic duo! Timecodes:Introduction04:13 - Bloodied France09:47 - The Red Eminence13:48 - The Phoenix Rises19:56 - The Great Partnership26:28 - A Reinforced Kingdom33:40 - France and the World38:31 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: Louis XIII in coronation costume and Portrait of Cardinal Richelieu. Both by Philippe de Champaigne.Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
41:41 10/3/23
Nouvelle-France, the French in North America
The Nouvelle France (New France) is the French colonization of North America. And by this I mean North America, not just Canada. Over a couple of centuries, the French established settlements all over North America, especially along the St-Lawrence and Mississippi River but also in Nova Scotia, Florida, Louisiana and more.New France basically existed from the first adventures of Jacques Cartier in 1534 to the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763 and the signature of the treaty of Paris, that saw France lose most of its American possessions. It is a remarkable, violent, tragic and perennial story. Embark with me on this grand adventure! Timecodes:Introduction06:03 - Adventure and Discovery in America13:27 - The First French Settlers21:09 - Expansion Along the Rivers26:53 - War and Peace35:25 - New France Peaks44:07 - New France Dies53:26 - The Following Years57:42 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: L'expédition de Cavelier de la Salle pour la Louisiane, 1684, by Théodore Gudin (1844). (Grand Palais, Château de Versailles).Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
61:23 8/22/23
François I, King of the Renaissance
We delve into the life and reign of King François I (Francis the First), who ruled France from 1515 to 1547. Despite facing significant challenges and experiencing notable failures during his rule, François I remains one of the most renowned French monarchs. He is particularly associated with the Renaissance in France and has left a lasting legacy, particularly in the fields of arts and sciences.He's also responsible for the establishment of New France by sending Jacques Cartier across the Atlantic. Join me for one of the most extraordinary adventures of the Sixteenth century!Timecodes:Introduction03:55- An Unexpected King 09:02- A Young and Ambitious King16:50- A Builder King26:24- A Torn King32:33- An Old King36:25- ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: François Ier around 1530 by Jean Clouet (Louvre Museum).Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
40:50 7/13/23
De Gaulle, JFK and the New World Order with Sean J. McLaughlin
In this special episode, I am joined by Sean J. McLaughlin, historian specialized on the relationship between Charles de Gaulle and John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  He is the author of JFK and de Gaulle: How America and France Failed in Vietnam, 1961-1963 (University Press of Kentucky, 2019).Together, we discuss the complex but utterly fascinating relationship between France and America in the post-WWII world, especially in Southeast Asia. France and America, two Allies with very different perspectives, had a rough time discussing the situation in Vietnam in the 1950's and 1960's. Add to that the personalities of key characters like de Gaulle and Kennedy, and you end up with a fascinating, if sad, story.Join us for this great discussion!Find Sean's books at the University Press of KentuckyTimecodes:Introduction02:35- France's Place at the Outcome of WWII10:23- De Gaulle's Relationship with America21:21- John F. Kennedy, France and Vietnam45:50- Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and France54:52- France's International Role Since the Vietnam War59:24- France and America's Relationship Now1:01:55- ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Photo: De Gaulle and JFK in Paris, 1961. John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, BostonSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
65:29 6/27/23
French Indochina, from Imperial Jewel to Hell on Earth
"The pearl of the Empire", that's how the French described their colony of Indochina, comprised of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. They took over control in the nineteenth century, exploited the place for decades, and finally got kicked out in 1954-55. It is a story of violence and exploitation. Of colonization and war. Of exchanges and legacies. And sometimes, of beauty. A story also rarely told in France, as the French aren't proud of what they did there.Let’s find out more about French Indochina; from Imperial Jewel, to Hell on Earth. Timecodes:Introduction03:23- The Second French Colonial Empire08:26- The Establishment of French Indochina16:43- A Colony of Exploitation21:58- Bloody Greed25:52- World War II and the Vietnamese Emancipation30:07- The Indochina War42:43- ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: Poster for tourism in French Indochina drawn by J. Lhuissier, circa 1920.Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
46:49 6/20/23
Napoleonic Discussion with Very Special Guests
In this very special episode, I am joined by a coalition of Napoleonic experts to discuss this fascinating period of history and its legacy. We cover Napoléon's personality, some campaigns, the roles of his marshals, the era's lasting impact, as well as a variety of other topics. A truly interesting and enjoyable discussion.My guests are:Dr. Zack White, historian, battlefield guide, host of  "The Napoleonic Wars Podcast", Chair of the Napoleonic & Revolutionary War Graves Charity. (Twitter: @ZwhiteHistory), from the United Kingdom. Marcus Cribb, podcaster, battlefield guide, blogger & author in progress on Duke of Wellington & the Peninsular War Heritage Manager, former Manager of Apsley House & a founding trustee of Napoleonic & Revolutionary War Graves Charity. (Twitter: @mcribbHistory), from the United Kingdom. Philipp Wagenknecht, historian and teacher specialist of Prussia and the German States from 1740 to 1815. (Twitter: @PertinaxS), from Germany.John Viscardo, host of the "Generals and Napoleon Podcast". (Twitter: @AndNapoleon), from the United States of America.If you haven't already done so, I recommend that you listen to our two episodes on Napoléon. Listen to Part I and to Part II.Timecodes:Guests Introductions06:00- Our Favourite Napoleonic Subjects 1:02:32- Napoléon’s lasting influence & Legacy 1:25:38- Uchronia: Napoléon Wins Waterloo. What happens next? 1:52:00- Open Discussion 2:08:42- Conclusion & GoodbyesMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: Statue of Napoléon by French sculptor Pierre Stenne, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. (photo by Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters)Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
135:06 5/30/23
Charles de Gaulle, Tales of Grandeur
Charles de Gaulle, the famous general who led the French Resistance during the Second World war before becoming President and the father of the current French political system: the Fifth Republic.De Gaulle is a very, very complicated man. You will often read in the same paragraph that he was ultra-conservative, but that he was a troublemaker and favoured change. If anything, de Gaulle proves that great leaders are rarely black or white, but often many shades of grey. I shall offer you here, an overview of his character and what he did. Hopefully, this will help you understand Le Grand Charles a bit better.Timecodes:Introduction03:32- The Great Asparagus 08:10- The First World War14:33- France's Collapse19:50- The Leader of the Résistance31:12- The Fall of the French Empire36:06- De Gaulle President45:10- May 1968 and the Fall of de Gaulle47:54- ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: Charles de Gaulle broadcasting from the BBC studios in London, June 1940Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
52:41 5/16/23
The Fall of France of 1940, German Victory or French Defeat?
The Fall of France of 1940, the famous military campaign that saw France being conquered by the German army in a few weeks. This subject is one of the most misinterpreted military events in history.Reading online, you’d believe that the French went to war with sticks to fight German Panzers, or that they fled at the first sign of enemy artillery. While it is perfectly true that the French army was defeated by the German in a short amount of time, the reasons for this are worth exploring and not just on the military level. Join me as I dig into the deep roots of the French defeat of 1940.Timecodes:Introduction06:10- Prelude to a Defeat13:25- The Phoney War19:17- The Great Offensive28:02- The Final Collapse36:30 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: Adolf Hitler visits Paris with architect Albert Speer (left) and artist Arno Breker (right), June 23, 1940.Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
41:27 4/11/23
Napoléon Part II - From Paris to Saint Helena
December 2nd 1804, Napoléon Bonaparte is crowned Emperor of the French. Over the next decade, he will keep reforming and modernizing France, but he will also fight the rest of Europe. He will become master of the continent, defeating all his enemies on land, only to go too far and to see Europe strike back at him and at France.This is the second part of Napoléon's great adventure. If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to listen to the first part as well as to my episode on the French Revolution. Let us follow Napoléon and the Grande Armée on the battlefields of Germany, Poland, Russia, Spain and France. And then we will land on a tiny island, on the middle of the Atlantic. The Napoleonic adventure is one of strong contrasts, as you shall see.Timecodes:Introduction04:20 - From Consul to Emperor12:40 - The First French Empire and the Grande Armée24:04 - The Fourth Coalition War and the Continental System31:48 - The Peninsular War and the Fifth Coalition44:02 - The Beginning of the Downfall: Russia50:50 - Europe Strikes Back1:00:00 - The Exile on Saint Helena1:03:23 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: 1814, Campagne de France, by Ernest MeissonierSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
67:50 3/7/23
Napoléon Part I - From Corsica to Paris
Napoléon Bonaparte doesn't really need an introduction. He's the most famous Frenchman ever. He's had more books written about him than any other person, except for Jesus Christ. This French general and emperor shook France, Europe and the world at the turn of the nineteenth century.He is also a polarizing figure. Enlightened ruler, or tyrannic dictator? In this episode, we will explore the fantastic story that led him from humble origins in Corsica to being the focus of all of Europe's monarchs and armies.Note: I strongly encourage you to listen to my previous episode on the French Revolution. You might miss a bit in the years of 1789 to 1799 if you are not aware of some facts that I talked about then.Timecodes:Introduction06:10 - Humble beginnings 14:36 - From promising officer to superstar General20:12 - Joséphine and the Italian Campaign29:48 - The Egyptian Legend42:36 - Napoléon takes over France53:51 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: Bonaparte devant le Sphinx by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1867-1868Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
56:55 2/7/23
The French Revolution, a Worldwide Tremor
The French Revolution shook the world from 1789 to 1799 and completely transformed modern European societies. By ricochet, it transformed the whole world.  It was a real political tsunami, with immediate and long term consequences. With the following Napoleonic wars, it shaped the Nineteenth century in a way that nobody could foresee only a generation before.There are many misconceptions about the French Revolution, like the idea that a mob captured the king and guillotined him right away. It's not at all what happened. It's a lot more complicated than that. Hopefully you will find this episode palatable and a good entry into the fascinating events of the Révolution.For those who want to know more, I highly recommend that you listen to "Grey History: The French Revolution & Napoleon" by William Clark.Timecodes:Introduction06:53 - The Origins of the Révolution17:25  - Adieu, Old Regime!26:48  - Working with Louis XVI36:15  - The French Republic41:37  - The Terreur48:16  - The Directoire53:58  - The Consulat57:57  - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: Prise de la Bastille by Jean-Pierre Houël, 1789Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
62:11 1/10/23
Aliénor d’Aquitaine, Queen of France and of England
Of the millions of people who are born every year during the Middle Ages, an extremely small number are what we call “blue bloods”, members of the nobility. Out of that already small number, a little percentage can be called “royalty”. Someone who manages to be a monarch not only for one country but for two countries, two adversaries, that is more than rare, that’s unique.Today, we have the chance of meeting such a woman. Duchess of Aquitaine, Queen of France and Queen of England. I give you: Aliénor d’Aquitaine (Eleanor of Aquitaine).Timecodes:Introduction04:19 - Aquitaine, a Country within a Kingdom 07:53 - Aliénor, Remarkable Young Woman12:16 - Queen of France20:18 - The Failed Crusade25:12 - Queen of England30:15 - The Widow32:53 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: Aliénor d'Aquitaine by Frederick Sandys, 1858Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
36:15 12/6/22
The Hundred Years’ War, Death by all Means - Part Two
This part-two of a two-part episode on the Hundred Years' War. I encourage you to listen to the previous episode if you haven't already done so. England owns a third of the French kingdom. War has ravaged France for a quarter of a century. The Black Death has killed millions of people and keeps coming back. At the end of the XIVth century, France is in its worst state probably ever. But the French will fight back, under the leadership of Charles VII and of an extraordinary young woman, Jeanne d'Arc. Listen to this extraordinary medieval tale full of bravery, foolishness and cruelty.Listen to HOLOCAUST HiSTORIES  podcast! Timecodes:Introduction05:56 - Civil War in France and the Arrival of Henry V10:43 - The Battle of Azincourt (Agincourt)13:26 - Jeanne d'Arc and the French Resurgence21:58 - Jeanne d'Arc at Orléans28:23 - France Reconquered34:53 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: The death of John Talbot at the Battle of Castillon. XVth century.Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
38:36 11/1/22
The Hundred Years’ War, Death by all Means - Part One
The Hundred Years' War or la guerre de Cent Ans in French. That enormous conflict, or series of conflicts actually, ravaged France from 1337 to 1453.The vast majority of English or American history podcasts or books have an English point of view regarding this conflict. This is perfectly normal and understandable, but I will try to bring more of a French perspective, focusing more on the French side of things.Given the scope of the war and its complexity, I have decided to split this story into two episodes. This is part one, covering the initial invasion of France by England up until the reign of Charles V of France in 1364.This story has absolutely everything. Family feuds, epic battles, betrayals, heroes, villains. All set in medieval France. And narrated by yours truly. What else could you ask for?  Listen to Cork Out History podcast!Timecodes:Introduction04:01 - Context08:39 - The Origins of the War15:34 - Two Kingdoms at War19:31 - Crécy and the Downward Spiral for France23:35 - The Black Death and the Battle of Poitiers31:35 - France, the Duchies and the arrival of Charles VMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: Bataille de Crécy in the "Chroniques de Jean Froissart", XVth centurySupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
35:45 10/4/22
Bonus! Vikings and Franks, with Christophe Adrien
Vikings in France. Here's an often ignored topic for historical discussion. In this special episode, we try to remedy to that situation. I say "we" because we have a guest on this one, historian and author Christophe Adrien, specialist on the Viking world and especially their role in Brittany.Join us as we discuss Vikings, Franks, longships, silver and salt!Listen to Passed, the podcast about those who would never rule. Timecodes:Introduction01:52 - What is a Viking exactly?03:32 - Noiremoutier and the Vikings09:54 - The Vikings' Genius  14:49 -  Motivations and Viking Studies21:54 - Viking Diplomacy29:31 - The Normans32:52 - Vikings in Brittany & Expansion41:58 - Conclusion Christophe's Website: https://cjadrien.comChristophe's Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCML3AVHfBP1H3QZn3aROvzwMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: Drawing Viking by Rones (freesvg.org), design by Emmanuel DuboisSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
44:17 9/13/22
Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Roman Emperor
Charlemagne is one of the most important figures of the Middle Ages. He ruled from 768 to 814 as king of the Franks, and became Roman Emperor in 800. He conquered peoples, built institutions and completely changed Europe's political trajectory. One cannot stress enough the importance of his reign and his legacy. I think you will find him a complex and fascinating character. And maybe, you will also recognize some of him and what he accomplished in yourself or in your daily life.Listen to Grand Dukes of the West podcast! Timecodes:Introduction04:03 - Charlemagne's Grand-Father and Father10:52 - Charles, King of the Franks16:20 -  Becoming Roman Emperor22:04 -  The Carolingian Renaissance27:01 - Charles the Great's Legacy32:20 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: Charlemagne by Albrecht DürerSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
35:19 9/6/22
Bonus! Voltaire in Prussia, with Alec Avdakov
In this special episode, we travel outside of France, to Prussia, guided by Alec Avdakov from the podcast "The Life and Times of Frederick the Great". Make sure to check out his podcast.Voltaire was in Berlin, at the court of Prussia from 1750 to 1753, invited by the Prussian King Frederic II, known as Frederic the Great. This is a perfect example of the global effect of the French Enlightenment and how various monarchs reacted differently to the movement.I've had the chance to conduct an interview with Alec regarding's Voltaire's Prussian experience. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!Correction: I called Voltaire an atheist although he was in fact a deist. Sorry about that.Timecodes:Introduction03:10 - What is Prussia? 08:40 - Voltaire and Frederick, the French Connection15:35 - Arrival at the Prussian Court27:08 - Voltaire's Prussian Experience33:15 - The Consequences of Voltaire's Stay in Prussia40:02 - ConclusionThe Life and Times of Frederick the Great Podcast by Alec Avdakov: https://anchor.fm/frederick-the-greatMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: Frederick II of Prussia and Voltaire, by Pierre Charles Baquoy, circa 1800Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
42:24 8/16/22
The French Enlightenment: Les Lumières
We live in an enlightened world. We owe a lot to the men and women of the XVIIIth century and what they gave us. During this period, all over Europe, but especially in France, sciences, politics, literature, art, philosophy and many other aspect of society were being dissected, studied and written on.You know their names: Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, Montesquieu, du Châtelet, Lavoisier, de Gouges and others. They are the ones who laid the foundation for the very States we live in, at least in the democratic parts of the world. Modern governments and societies derive directly from the work of these people that we consider part of the Lumières era.Let me give you an idea of how they managed to do that, why they did it, as well as the dramatic consequences that ensued.Timecodes:Introduction05:45 - Turning the lights on 09:32 - Various aspects of the Enlightenment 14:25 - The Encyclopédie and the sciences23:52 - Laws, societies and the consequences of the Enlightenment30:14 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Painting: Première lecture chez Mme Geoffrin de la tragédie de Voltaire "L'Orphelin de la Chine" , 1755. By Anicet Charles LemonnierSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
34:15 8/9/22
Louis XIV, The Sun King
Probably the most famous French monarch, Louis XIV left a deep mark on France and Europe. Over his 72-year  reign, from 1643 to 1715, he accomplished many things. He conquered new territory, expanded France's colonies, modernized the country, built monuments, created major institutions and became an absolute monarch. Even North America was touched by him. Louisiana was named after him, and many American cities come from French forts and counters established then.Learn about him and the changes he brought to France and the world during his reign in this episode!Time codes:Introduction05:23 - The Fronde revolt, Louis’s childhood09:26 - Louis’s Personal Reign19:28 - Versailles23:36 - Wars and Conquests28:56 - New France and Louisiana31:05 - The Sun King’s Dusk33:39 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: Portrait of Louis XIV in coronation costume, Hyacinthe Rigaud, 1701.Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
37:41 7/5/22
The Franco-Prussian War of 1870, rehearsal for the World Wars
The Franco-Prussian war of 1870 is an important but often neglected conflict. Most people don't even know about it. In America,  even history fans go straight from the Civil War to World War I, not really taking into account this major conflict that happened in between.Let's fix this, shall we? We'll discuss the origins of the conflict, its course and its huge consequences. In the last section, we'll discuss some alternative history. What if France had won that war? I think you'll be surprised as to what that entails.Time codes:Introduction03:03 - Why this subject?06:46 - The Northern German Confederation11:26 - Origins of the Conflict14:15 - The War20:39 - Consequences23:22 - What if? & ConclusionArtwork for this episode: Ernest Meissonier, Le Siège de Paris, musée d'Orsay.Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
26:27 6/7/22
An Overview of All French History
For our second episode, we are taking a grand Tour de France. This is a complete overview of France's 20 centuries long history. It is not exhaustive, of course, but it should help people refresh their memory or get a better grip on the whole of French history. Everyone should then be able to enjoy and appreciate future episodes even more.Should you wish to go directly to specific eras, here are the time codes:00:00 - Introduction and Antiquity03:31 - Barbarian Invasions and the Frankish Kingdom 07:25 - Charlemagne & Carolingian Empire11:21 - The Birth of France21:50 - The Hundred Years' War28:49 - The Plague & The Renaissance32:06 - Wars of Religion & Rise of Absolute Monarchy35:25 - Louis  XIV39:45 - Louis XV, Seven Years' War & the Lumières43:25 - The French Revolution 49:25 - Napoléon53:11 - The Restoration, Second Republic and Second Empire1:00:23 - The Third Republic and WWI1:06:21 - The Inter-War and WWII1:09:34 - The Fourth Republic and Decolonization1:11:59 - The Fifth Republic, De Gaulle and ConclusionRecommended books:Maurice Druon: Les Rois MauditsChrétien de Troyes: Perceval ou le Conte du GraalAlexandre Dumas: Les Trois MousquetairesVictor Hugo: Les MisérablesSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
75:14 5/10/22
The Marquis de La Fayette, American Hero
On our first episode, we get to meet the man himself, La Fayette. His importance, his actions in America during the War of Independence, as well as in France during the Revolution, Napoléon era and after. A truly fascinating figure!TimecodesIntroduction & thanks3:24 - La Fayette's youth and start of American adventure7:19 - Historical context14:20 - American War of Independence15:55 - French Revolution & Napoléon19:50 - Restoration, July Monarchy and 1830 Revolution22:28 - ConclusionLinks to the podcasters who inspired and helped me:Seth Healey: Hugos There Podcast &  Take Me to Your Reader PodcastLori, Amy, Haley & Kevin: Hugo Girl! PodcastPhil Nichols & Colin Kuskie: Science-Fiction 101 PodcastJeff Palermo: Sci-Fi on Screen Podcast, Jeff Reads YouTube Channel, Jeff Screens YouTube ChannelRecommended reads: Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence by John FerlingThe Global Seven Years War 1754 - 1763: Britain and France in a Great Power Contest by Daniel A. BaughSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
24:20 4/20/22
Intro Episode, La Fayette, we are here!
In this intro episode you get to meet your host and learn about my goals for this podcast. Why am I doing it? Who is it for? Hopefully, it’ll be for you!The first complete episode is coming soon. Stay tuned! You can send feedback and requests at emmanuel@lafayettepodcast.comSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the show Buy me a Coffee Get beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
06:17 4/19/22

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