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Lotharingia

Lotharingia

A Personal History of Europe's Lost Country

Simon Winder

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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.

Praise for Lotharingia

“Nobody knows more than the erudite and entertaining Simon Winder. If you could plug your brain into his, you wouldn’t need Google. Then again, your head might explode . . . [Lotharingia] enfolds a geographic sprawl even a framer of the Almanach de Gotha would be at pains to chart . . . Nonetheless, it will make you want to visit several hundred places upon which Winder’s discerning, lionizing eye alights.” —Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times Book Review

“[Winder] is deeply read and endlessly curious, a man with the enviable ability to make one share his obsessions.” —Michael Gorra, The Wall Street Journal

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Simon Winder

Simon Winder is the author of Germania, Danubia, and The Man Who Saved Britain. He works in publishing and lives in Wandsworth Town, London.

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