By Pierre Longin, Henri Denet
By Jean-Benoît Nadeau, Julie Barlow
Why does every thing sound higher if it's acknowledged in French? That fascination is on the center of The tale of French, the 1st historical past of 1 of the main attractive languages on the planet that was once, at one time, the pre-eminent language of literature, technological know-how and international relations. Nadeau and Barlow chart the background of a language spoken as a local tongue by way of a hundred thirty million humans world wide. the 1st rfile written within the French was once signed by means of the sons of Charlemagne in 832. After this, Latin used to be purged from the courts of France through Francois 1st, giving root to French speakers' twenty first century obsession with language defense. The obsession stepped forward as Cardinal Richelieu verified the French Academy, a bunch entrusted with the accountability of maintaining the language natural and eloquent. As French turned around the globe, the foreign solid of characters integrated Montaigne, Catherine the good, Frederic II of Prussia, the courses of the Lewis and Clark excursion, Jules Verne, and others. enable Nadeau and Barlow consultant you thru the tale of a language used to put in writing the various world's nice masterpieces of literature, build one of the most very important records of international relations, bedevil thousands with its vagaries of pronunciation and beguile all people with its attractiveness.