The British in France: Visitors and Residents since the Revolution
Countless British visit France each year and over 100,000 live there permanently,
successors to generations of their countrymen. This book, starting with the brief
and poignant Peace of Amiens, 1801-
Many also settled in France to save money. The Channel Coast becoming popular with those who fled creditors or disgrace at home (Beau Brummell and Oscar Wilde are examples of this group). Food, architecture and the arts more generally attracted many, as did the climate of the Riviera.
The revolutions in travel brought about by railways, motoring and aircraft provide a constant theme. Looking at the cultural, economic and social comparisons of the businessmen, artisans, rentiers, invalids and tourists, Peter Thorold tells a fascinating story of the changing relationship with our ancient neighbour.
‘Thorold’s learned, lively and eminently readable book.’