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Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe's Western Borderlands

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781509803286
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 12/03/2019
  • Category: Humanities / European history
    Humanities / Medieval history
    Humanities / Historical geography
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Pages: 576
  • Price: $32.99

From the bestselling author of Germania, Lotharinigia is 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.

Author Information

Simon Winder is the author of the highly praised The Man Who Saved Britain and the Sunday Times top-ten bestseller Germania. He works in publishing and lives in Wandsworth Town.