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Following Germania and Danubia, the third installment in Simon Winder's personal history of Europe. 

In 843 AD, the three surviving grandsons of the great emperor Charlemagne met at Verdun. After years of bitter squabbles over who would inherit the family land, they finally decided to divide the territory and go their separate ways. In a moment of staggering significance, one grandson inherited the area we now know as France, another Germany, and the third received the piece in between: Lotharingia. 

Lotharingia is a history of in-between Europe. It is the story of a place between places. In this beguiling, hilarious, and compelling book, Simon Winder retraces the various powers that have tried to overtake the land that stretches from the mouth of the Rhine to the Alps and the might of the peoples who have lived there for centuries.

©2019 Simon Winder (P)2019 Tantor

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The Loquacious Traveler in Middle Earth

The subject, as described by the title, interests me a great deal, and I was looking forward to filling in details of a history and region about which I know little. I read both good and bad reviews already posted, but decided to give it a try and, I hoped, move on to Germania. For me, this book is a mistake. It is like reading someone's diary - a little bit of history, mixed with a lot of personal observations about the current-day area, bouncing back and forth to the point where I was continuously thinking, "Where is he going with this?" Just as I thought I'd found the thread and could settle in to some "meat," the author went off on yet another tangent about ....well, himself, mostly. And the enthusiastic but stilted reading does nothing to help the text flow.

My impression is that the author fancies himself a writer in the vein of Mark Twain. It misses the Mark.

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A Wonderful Book, Author and Narration!

Meticulously researched, beautifully written with hundreds of relevant historical stitchings between very old times and the very new. Simon Winder has sewn a gorgeous tapestry that includes a brisk pace, detail and humour!

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Loved this book!!

My only regret is I've run out of Simon Winder books! I have absolutely LOVED all three of the books in this series, because they are so unique. A blend of modern-day travel guide and historical narrative, tied together with a sumptuous dry Brit wit bow. I had to purchase print copies of them all just I could lovingly highlight all the comedic bits :) One small drawback would be the narration for this book, as Jonathan Cowley is both monotonous and sluggish. Just saying, if you don't care for this reading, Germania and Danubia are much better!

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Understand better why this country is lost

A rambling mess. Difficult to become oriented to place and time which is necessary for a geographical history. Like listening to someone reading a professor's lecture notes and travel diary shuffled by a gust of wind.

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Vivid historical account

Well written and engaging. On the whole provided a clear account of historical events but the intrusion of the personal is jarring at times.

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The author's continuous attempts at humor fail.

The book is one continuous bad joke made by the most annoying historian at the historian party. My head hurts from rolling my eyes so much.

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Wonderful fun!

I normally look for straight ahead historical works, but this was a delightful diversion. Brilliantly witty and engaging.

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Witty, informative and entertaining

Brilliant mixture of wit, history and stories based around the geography of 'the middle bit' of Charlemagnes empire. A whirlwind tour from prehistory to the 20th century with enough detail to be informative, and entertainingly delivered.

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