Following on from Danubia and the bestselling Germania, Lotharingia is the final instalment in Simon Winder's hilarious and informative personal exploration of European history.
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.
A master of the art of making history both funny and fun . . . Once
again he brings Germany bouncing back to life
*Simon Jenkins, author of A Short History of Europe*
Winder is our guide with delicious festive wit, and equal erudition
Weird and wonderful . . . No Briton has written better than Winder about Europe
There is so much fascinating detail in this book that it is hard to put down . . .
*Michael Burleigh, author of The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: A History of Now*
Winder looks afresh at the long arc of European history, with its perpetual interplay between defiant local units and grandiose attempts at unifying schemes
The high plateau of my year was my catching up with Simon Winder. Danubia and Germania are an idiosyncratic, often funny fusion of history writing, travel writing and disrespect
Brings to mind PJ O'Rourke's Holidays in Hell or anything by Bill Bryson
A heady blend of jolly travel stories, weird German aristocrats, obscure baroque altarpieces and horrendous sectarian massacres. There are plenty of serious points here, but Winder never forgets that history is meant to be fun
*Dominic Sandbrook, The Sunday Times, Best History Books of the year 2019*
An absolutely wonderful hybrid of hilarious travel writing and incisive historical analysis . . . Lotharingia follows on the acclaimed Danubia and Germania
It's not so much history, as a long cultural tour, led by a brilliantly witty guide . . . There are a great many jokes and irreverent hoots, in case everything gets too earnest . . .
*Neal Ascherson, The New York Review of Books*
Simon Winder has created a genre all of his own, the history-travelogue-memoir, which he uses adeptly to explore the hinterlands between France and Germany and their centuries of dynasties, discord and discontent . . .
*Judith Flanders, author of The Victorian House and Christmas: A Biography*