• Notre-Dame de Paris

  • A Captivating Guide to One of the Most Famous Catholic Cathedrals of Medieval Europe
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)
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If you want to discover the captivating history of Notre-Dame de Paris, then keep reading...

It was with horror and sadness that the people of the world opened their social media or switched on their televisions on April 15th, 2019, only to see terrifying pictures of smoke and flames roaring around one of the most iconic outlines in France: That of Notre-Dame de Paris. The cathedral attracts more visitors than the Eiffel Tower (an estimated 13 million annually), and it has become a favorite with tourists and Parisians alike. Mass is still conducted there regularly, and when the fire destroyed part of Notre-Dame, all of the world mourned.

There is more to Notre-Dame, however than just a tragic fire. Almost nine centuries of history lie behind its weathered towers, and its history is closely interlinked with that of France and its people. Its story has rung out through the ages as one of hope and survival. Its characters range from novelists to saints, from daredevils to kings, from generals to emperors. Its themes stretch across the spectrum, from humanity's greatest darkness to the warmth of the human spirit; it tells stories about exceptional brutality and exceptional grace, of the greatest terror of them all, and of dauntless courage.

The world watched Notre-Dame burn. Now, it's time for the world to hear its story.

In Notre-Dame de Paris: A Captivating Guide to One of the Most Famous Catholic Cathedrals of Medieval Europe, you will discover topics such as:

  • Before Notre-Dame
  • The Construction of a Cathedral
  • A Curse and a Coronation
  • The First Ransacking
  • Louis Times Two
  • Surviving Revolution
  • The Emperor and the Hunchback
  • Two Warrior Women
  • Withstanding the War
  • Part of Us Burning
  • And much, much, more!

So if you want to learn more about Notre-Dame de Paris, buy this audiobook now!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2021 Captivating History

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So interesting!

I was so sad when I heard that Notre Dame had been damaged by fire. It is such an important part of Christian, French and European history. This book made an interesting attempt to retell its story, including in it are the narratives of the people and events that contributed to that history. My husband and I visited Notre Dame on our honeymoon back in 1984 and we have such wonderful memories of the structure and its grandeur. I'm glad this book is around to help folks like me who are fascinated by history to get a glimpse of important moments, people, and places.

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So much knowledge!

when it comes to churches, I have very mixed feelings about them and the religions that back them, but as someone expanding their knowledge of history... this book blew me away! I knew of Norte-Dame, of course and that it was old, but wow! Most intriguing to me though was the discovery of the Pillar of the Boatmen.... this is something I would really like to know more about!

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captivating

this book was very interesting, telling the story of building the Cathedral and why is was built. I did not know the cathedral was ransacked twice. this was a short and easy read.

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Very interesting

This was an excellent listen. Very interesting.
There were some awkward pronunciations by the narrator, but overall I feel so much more informed and enlightened.

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Solidly done, enjoyed the connections across Frenc

Matt Clayton made interesting connections across French history to this amazing structure while keeping the narrative fresh with relevant details. I felt that my understanding of both Notre-Dame de Paris and the French story was advanced nicely. Time well spent.

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Maybe a bit too narrow a subject for 10 chapters

Notre dame de Paris has a very intriguing and storied history and I learned some very interesting facts about it.

As usual for Captivating History books there is an intro, 10 chapters, and a conclusion. These are shorter chapters as you would expect but feels a bit forced for this particular subject. My bigger issue is how the author continually personifies the building. Some might enjoy this style of storing telling but I would rather have it told in less of a historical dramatization style.

Style notwithstanding, I did enjoy the content of the book and as usual, Jason Zenobia's performance was solid and easily understood at higher speech rate. (I listened to the entire book while out walking my dog).

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The real Notre-Dame

Most people in the world know about Notre-DAme but most of them only know a picturesque point of view from the front of this majestic building, they also know it is very old. The true history as this book reveals is much greater and more interesting. Here you can see the first beginnings of the idea of this creation, the years of construction and the various times that it has been up-dated. It explains how it has survived wars and revolutions and yet still stood for hundreds of years as a monument to mans soul.

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truly captivating

Home Run. This has been one of the best captivating history audiobooks. Highly recommended for everyone