Thousand years of annoying the French
685 S. : Ill., Kt.
The English Channel may be only twenty miles wide, but it's a thousand years deep.
Stephen Clarke takes a pentrating look into those murky depths, guiding us through all the times when Britain and France have been at war - or at least glowering at each other across what we Brits call the English Channel.
Starting with the Norman (not French) Conquest and going right up to the supposedly more peaceful present, when a state visit by French President Nicholas Sarkozy becomes a series of hilarious historical insults, it is a lighthearted - but impeccably researched - account of all our great fallings-out.
In short, the French are quite right to suspect that the last 1,000 years have been one long British campaign to infuriate them. And it's not over yet ...
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