Living on the Côte d’Azur proudly gives away some exclusively signed books of The French Riviera: A History, the must-have history book for everybody that loves the French Riviera. And you can win a signed copy!
How to participate? Share your best French Riviera story and you might win a The French Riviera: A History book, signed by Michael Nelson himself.
How did the French Riviera play a part in your life? Was it a historical encounter, an unforgettable holiday or did you meet the love of your life on the Côte d’Azur?
Send us your event (no word limit) and your story might be published on this website. The selected blog posts with the most likes and shares wins a signed copy of Michael Nelson latest best seller: The French Riviera: A History.
Word docs or plain text files to firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline: June 1st 2017.
More about the book The French Riviera: A History
The book The French Riviera: A History ranges from the Terra Amata in Nice, occupied from 380,000 years ago and one of the oldest inhabited prehistoric sites in the world, through to settlement by Greeks, Romans, Franks, Ostrogoths and Visigoths, wars and revolutions, to tourism, and the establishment of the Silicon Valley of France in Sophia-Antipolis in 1974.
Michael Nelson shows the surprisingly cosmopolitan nature of the area in the early middle ages. Such as the story of the finishing school run by Frankish kings in the 7th century where Siagrius, the ruler of the region, had studied and where the son of King Edwin of Northumbria in England was also sent. The Riviera was part of Provence in France for much of its history and was often a microcosm of France itself, with many dynastic struggles and horrific blood-letting.
Colour maps and plates illustrate the book, and it is also full of fascinating anecdotes. Examples include the loan of a guillotine by Nice to Grasse in the French Revolution (Nice had no victims and Grasse had thirty) and the occasion when Jean Moulin, the leader of the French Resistance in World War II, invited the Germans to the opening of an art gallery in Nice which he was using as a front. In the nineteenth and twentieth century the British and Americans led tourism, and the Riviera was described by Somerset Maugham as ‘a sunny place for shady people’.
The French Riviera: A History is a fascinating look back over the Riviera’s rich history.
Buy the book The French Riviera: A History directly on-line
If writing is not your thing or if you do not have yet a nice French Riviera memory, here’s the link to the Michael Nelson website to order the book directly.