La Fayette, We Are Here!

Emmanuel Dubois

French history podcast, by a Frenchman. Learn all about France's history: Charlemagne, The Hundred Years’ War, Jeanne d’Arc, New France, Louis XIV, the Révolution, Napoléon and much more! Artwork by Lucia Ceta. read less
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Jules Verne - France's Great Adventure
Jul 16 2024
Jules Verne - France's Great Adventure
Jules Verne is one of the most influential authors who ever lived, from every country and genre. He is the most translated author in the world after Agatha Christie and is by far the most translated French author. Verne's vision, stories and characters still resonate with us today, whether as part of new fictional storylines, or as cultural beacons and references.Verne didn't just write stories; he opened portals to new worlds and inspired generations to dream bigger and reach farther. Join us as we delve into the life and legacy of Jules Verne, the father of science fiction and a true visionary of his time.TimecodesIntroduction04:42 - Growing up in Nantes11:06 - Young Parisian Playwright19:05 - Success, at last31:36 - Darker Times41:47 - ConclusionLinks to relevant episodes:On the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War: https://www.lafayettepodcast.com/1969630/10702428-the-franco-prussian-war-of-1870-rehearsal-for-the-world-warsOn late 19th century colonization: https://www.lafayettepodcast.com/1969630/12999723-french-indochina-from-imperial-jewel-to-hell-on-earthOn the Dreyfus Affair: https://www.lafayettepodcast.com/1969630/14076356-the-dreyfus-affair-france-s-shameMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: Jules Verne in 1892, photograph by Charles HerbertSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the showBuy me a CoffeeGet beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
The French Wars of Religion - Faith in Destruction
Jun 11 2024
The French Wars of Religion - Faith in Destruction
On one side, the Catholic majority, unwavering in their devotion to Rome. On the other, the Huguenots, French Protestants inspired by the teachings of Jean Calvin.  Caught in the crossfire of this religious divide was the monarchy, struggling to maintain order amidst growing tension. But their efforts often only fuelled the flames of conflict.And so, in 1562, the first shots were fired in what would become known as the French Wars of Religion. Over the next three decades, France would be engulfed in a series of bloody clashes between Catholics and Protestants, tearing the nation apart.Join us as we unravel the intricate tapestry of alliances, betrayals, and power struggles that defined this turbulent period. From the grand halls of royal palaces to the blood-soaked fields of battle, we'll bring to life the key events and personalities that shaped the destiny of France.Timecodes:Introduction05:15 - From Strength to Chaos17:34 - Instability and Crisis27:24 - War, War, War!33:53 - The Saint-Barthélemy Massacre41:05 - The Eighth and Final War47:55 - Henri IV - "Paris is well worth a Mass"52:06 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: "St. Bartholomew's Day massacre' by François Dubois (1572)Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the showBuy me a CoffeeGet beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
Napoléon : the Man and his Books, with Louis Sarkozy
May 7 2024
Napoléon : the Man and his Books, with Louis Sarkozy
When we talk about Napoléon, we often talk about battles or politics, but we don't talk nearly enough about the man. Some dismiss him as a proto-Hitler, others adore him as they would a god. But few actually try to crack open the mysteries of the Napoleonic mind. Author Louis Sarkozy did just that, by studying Napoléon Bonaparte and his most important personal activity: his readings.Louis Sarkozy's upcoming book, Napoleon's Library, is both a fantastic character study and a thoroughly executed research on the emperor's reading habits. It informs us of the importance of his readings, as well as the evolution of his mind throughout the years.Louis and I had a fantastic discussion regarding Napoléon's character, achievements, failures and legacy. We also threw a few jabs at the 2023 movie by Ridley Scott.Timecodes:Introduction04:13 - Napoléon's Readings12:55 - From Words to Action19:06 - From Thinker to Soldier33:59 - Napoléon's Mythos & Legacy52:11- Napoléon's Greatest Strengths and Weaknesses01:01:28 - The 2023 Movie01:08:11 - ConclusionLouis Sarkozy's Website: https://www.louissarkozy.org/Louis Sarkozy's Profile on X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/napsarkozyMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: Bonaparte, Premier consul, by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1804)Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the showBuy me a CoffeeGet beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
Camille Saint-Saëns and France's Music
Apr 9 2024
Camille Saint-Saëns and France's Music
We often see history as a succession of dates, events, wars and political machinations. But we should not forget that history is also forged by culture and by art. Art reflects society's values and aspirations, but also helps create them and move people forward. It also elevates us and makes us better in many ways.Among the many art forms available to us, music is the one that transports us with the greatest strength. It surrounds us, lifts us and takes us to places we didn't know existed. Oh, literature and paintings can do that too, but music is special. It is unique as it can be savoured with our eyes closed. Let's meet Camille Saint-Saëns and France's music!Timecodes:Introduction04:33 - A Young Prodigy12:28 - The Remarkable Organist & Pianist19:17 - World Famous Composer32:13 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Musical excerpts (in order): Finale - Carnival of the Animals, R. 125 Phaeton, Op. 39 Symphony #3 In C Minor, Op. 78, "Organ", 4th movement Danse Macabre, Op. 40 Symphony #3 In C Minor, Op. 78, "Organ", 1st movement The Swan - Carnival of the Animals, R. 125 Aviary - Carnival of the Animals, R. 125 Aquarium - Carnival of the Animals, R. 125 Pianists - Carnival of the Animals, R. 125 Royal march of the Lion - Carnival of the Animals, R. 125Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the showBuy me a CoffeeGet beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
The First World War. The French Experience
Feb 7 2024
The First World War. The French Experience
For France, the Great War is a serious and deep wound that she partially inflicted on herself. It is painful and has never fully healed. It is something personal, felt by all strata of the nation. From the humblest peasant to the richest industrialist, no layer of French society was spared in the great slaughter that the trenches were. The country itself still bears the scars of battles dating back nearly 110 years. Every city and village in France has a monument to the dead of the First World War, often with a staggering number of fallen soldiers considering the local population. And that's not counting the wounded, the mutilated, the traumatized.We are not going to go through dates and battles. We are not going to summarize four years of destructive conflict by analyzing every move and strategic decision. Others have done it many times, surely better than me. No, we will focus on the experience of the country of France during those dreadful years from 1914 to 1918. Timecodes:Introduction05:18 - On The War Path13:22 - The Poilus26:51 - France at War42:18 - Life after 191848:11 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: Fête de L’Alsace-Lorraine le 17 novembre 1918. Les blessés défilent avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris. Agence Rol, Public Domain (Gallica)Recommended link: Blueprint for Armageddon, Hardcore History podcast by Dan CarlinSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the showBuy me a CoffeeGet beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
Nathanael Greene and La Fayette, Partners in Freedom. With Salina B. Baker.
Jan 9 2024
Nathanael Greene and La Fayette, Partners in Freedom. With Salina B. Baker.
In this unique episode, we engage in a conversation with Salina B. Baker, an accomplished author of historical fiction, who has received multiple awards for her work. Additionally, she is a historian specializing in the American Revolution and Victorian America.She has just released an outstanding novel titled "The Line of Splendor: A Novel of Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution." In our conversation, we delve into the intricate relationship between General Greene and his close French ally, the Marquis de La Fayette. This profound friendship holds significance not only for the two men but also for the broader context of the American Revolution, symbolizing the enduring and meaningful connection between France and the United States of America in various aspects.Timecodes:Introduction03:01 - Meet Nathanael Greene09:57 - Greene and La Fayette20:40 - Working Together27:39 - Fighting for the Cause30:41 - Friends after the War40:16 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork:  "Nathanael Greene in General uniform" by Charles Willson Peale (left) and "The young Marquis de Lafayette wearing his uniform as Major General of the Continental Army" by Charles Willson Peale (right).Recommended link: Salina B. Baker's website (https://www.salinabbaker.com/)Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the showBuy me a CoffeeGet beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
The Dreyfus Affair. France's Shame
Dec 12 2023
The Dreyfus Affair. France's Shame
Liberté, égalité, fraternité. This is the French Republic’s motto. Liberty and equality are also in the first article of the "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen" of 1789. The French are very proud of that heritage, of France’s struggle during and after the Revolution. They think of their homeland as the cradle of liberty in Europe, as a welcoming and understanding land, ruled by reason and intellect, rather than by prejudice and bigotry. Sadly, those clear and healthy waters of freedom and justice often got muddied over the years.In the late nineteenth century, France was a wounded country. Her honour had been tarnished in 1870-71 and her population was deeply traumatized by the civil war that ensued. Fears of an enemy, and of traitors, was at an all time high. This very specific phase mixed with an element older than France herself: antisemitism. In 1894, captain Alfred Dreyfus would suffer greatly as a consequence of those elements. Although there are some saving graces, and some might even say a silver lining, this whole series of events really are France’s shame!Timecodes:Introduction03:38 - La Belle Époque08:48 - Alfred Dreyfus, Jewish French officer14:28 - Dreyfus Arrested21:17 - L'Affaire begins26:07 - J'accuse...!34:03 - The Rennes Trial39:20 - Rehabilitation44:10 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: "The traitor: Degradation of Alfred Dreyfus, degradation in the Morland Court of the military school in Paris" front page of the illustrated supplement of the Petit Journal, Sunday, January 13, 1895.Recommended link: The Siècle podcast by David H. Montgomery, available at http://thesiecle.com/Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the showBuy me a CoffeeGet beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
Richelieu and Louis XIII, France’s Dynamic Duo?
Oct 3 2023
Richelieu and Louis XIII, France’s Dynamic Duo?
King Louis XIII and the Cardinal de Richelieu. These two men are quite important and deserve to be better known. The Cardinal is probably the most known of the two, because of his policies, wars and his long lasting impact on French institutions and Europe's destiny.Louis XIII is often perceived as the weaker of the two, the king who merely signed his minister's recommendation. But history is never quite that straightforward, that easy. It is under these men that France will become an absolute monarchy and will begin her rise as Europe's dominant power. Louis XIII's son, Louis XIV will complete his father's work and become Europe's most powerful monarch. Join me as I discuss the Just king and the famed red eminence, France's dynamic duo! Timecodes:Introduction04:13 - Bloodied France09:47 - The Red Eminence13:48 - The Phoenix Rises19:56 - The Great Partnership26:28 - A Reinforced Kingdom33:40 - France and the World38:31 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: Louis XIII in coronation costume and Portrait of Cardinal Richelieu. Both by Philippe de Champaigne.Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the showBuy me a CoffeeGet beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
Nouvelle-France, the French in North America
Aug 22 2023
Nouvelle-France, the French in North America
The Nouvelle France (New France) is the French colonization of North America. And by this I mean North America, not just Canada. Over a couple of centuries, the French established settlements all over North America, especially along the St-Lawrence and Mississippi River but also in Nova Scotia, Florida, Louisiana and more.New France basically existed from the first adventures of Jacques Cartier in 1534 to the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763 and the signature of the treaty of Paris, that saw France lose most of its American possessions. It is a remarkable, violent, tragic and perennial story. Embark with me on this grand adventure! Timecodes:Introduction06:03 - Adventure and Discovery in America13:27 - The First French Settlers21:09 - Expansion Along the Rivers26:53 - War and Peace35:25 - New France Peaks44:07 - New France Dies53:26 - The Following Years57:42 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Artwork: L'expédition de Cavelier de la Salle pour la Louisiane, 1684, by Théodore Gudin (1844). (Grand Palais, Château de Versailles).Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the showBuy me a CoffeeGet beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
De Gaulle, JFK and the New World Order with Sean J. McLaughlin
Jun 27 2023
De Gaulle, JFK and the New World Order with Sean J. McLaughlin
In this special episode, I am joined by Sean J. McLaughlin, historian specialized on the relationship between Charles de Gaulle and John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  He is the author of JFK and de Gaulle: How America and France Failed in Vietnam, 1961-1963 (University Press of Kentucky, 2019).Together, we discuss the complex but utterly fascinating relationship between France and America in the post-WWII world, especially in Southeast Asia. France and America, two Allies with very different perspectives, had a rough time discussing the situation in Vietnam in the 1950's and 1960's. Add to that the personalities of key characters like de Gaulle and Kennedy, and you end up with a fascinating, if sad, story.Join us for this great discussion!Find Sean's books at the University Press of KentuckyTimecodes:Introduction02:35- France's Place at the Outcome of WWII10:23- De Gaulle's Relationship with America21:21- John F. Kennedy, France and Vietnam45:50- Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and France54:52- France's International Role Since the Vietnam War59:24- France and America's Relationship Now1:01:55- ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Photo: De Gaulle and JFK in Paris, 1961. John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, BostonSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the showBuy me a CoffeeGet beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
Napoleonic Discussion with Very Special Guests
May 30 2023
Napoleonic Discussion with Very Special Guests
In this very special episode, I am joined by a coalition of Napoleonic experts to discuss this fascinating period of history and its legacy. We cover Napoléon's personality, some campaigns, the roles of his marshals, the era's lasting impact, as well as a variety of other topics. A truly interesting and enjoyable discussion.My guests are:Dr. Zack White, historian, battlefield guide, host of  "The Napoleonic Wars Podcast", Chair of the Napoleonic & Revolutionary War Graves Charity. (Twitter: @ZwhiteHistory), from the United Kingdom. Marcus Cribb, podcaster, battlefield guide, blogger & author in progress on Duke of Wellington & the Peninsular War Heritage Manager, former Manager of Apsley House & a founding trustee of Napoleonic & Revolutionary War Graves Charity. (Twitter: @mcribbHistory), from the United Kingdom. Philipp Wagenknecht, historian and teacher specialist of Prussia and the German States from 1740 to 1815. (Twitter: @PertinaxS), from Germany.John Viscardo, host of the "Generals and Napoleon Podcast". (Twitter: @AndNapoleon), from the United States of America.If you haven't already done so, I recommend that you listen to our two episodes on Napoléon. Listen to Part I and to Part II.Timecodes:Guests Introductions06:00- Our Favourite Napoleonic Subjects 1:02:32- Napoléon’s lasting influence & Legacy 1:25:38- Uchronia: Napoléon Wins Waterloo. What happens next? 1:52:00- Open Discussion 2:08:42- Conclusion & GoodbyesMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: Statue of Napoléon by French sculptor Pierre Stenne, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. (photo by Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters)Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the showBuy me a CoffeeGet beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
Napoléon Part II - From Paris to Saint Helena
Mar 7 2023
Napoléon Part II - From Paris to Saint Helena
December 2nd 1804, Napoléon Bonaparte is crowned Emperor of the French. Over the next decade, he will keep reforming and modernizing France, but he will also fight the rest of Europe. He will become master of the continent, defeating all his enemies on land, only to go too far and to see Europe strike back at him and at France.This is the second part of Napoléon's great adventure. If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to listen to the first part as well as to my episode on the French Revolution. Let us follow Napoléon and the Grande Armée on the battlefields of Germany, Poland, Russia, Spain and France. And then we will land on a tiny island, on the middle of the Atlantic. The Napoleonic adventure is one of strong contrasts, as you shall see.Timecodes:Introduction04:20 - From Consul to Emperor12:40 - The First French Empire and the Grande Armée24:04 - The Fourth Coalition War and the Continental System31:48 - The Peninsular War and the Fifth Coalition44:02 - The Beginning of the Downfall: Russia50:50 - Europe Strikes Back1:00:00 - The Exile on Saint Helena1:03:23 - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: 1814, Campagne de France, by Ernest MeissonierSupport the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the showBuy me a CoffeeGet beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic
The French Revolution, a Worldwide Tremor
Jan 10 2023
The French Revolution, a Worldwide Tremor
The French Revolution shook the world from 1789 to 1799 and completely transformed modern European societies. By ricochet, it transformed the whole world.  It was a real political tsunami, with immediate and long term consequences. With the following Napoleonic wars, it shaped the Nineteenth century in a way that nobody could foresee only a generation before.There are many misconceptions about the French Revolution, like the idea that a mob captured the king and guillotined him right away. It's not at all what happened. It's a lot more complicated than that. Hopefully you will find this episode palatable and a good entry into the fascinating events of the Révolution.For those who want to know more, I highly recommend that you listen to "Grey History: The French Revolution & Napoleon" by William Clark.Timecodes:Introduction06:53 - The Origins of the Révolution17:25  - Adieu, Old Regime!26:48  - Working with Louis XVI36:15  - The French Republic41:37  - The Terreur48:16  - The Directoire53:58  - The Consulat57:57  - ConclusionMusic: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.Art: Prise de la Bastille by Jean-Pierre Houël, 1789Support the Show.Reach out, support the show and give me feedback! Contact me or follow the podcast on social media Leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify Become a patron on Patreon to support the showBuy me a CoffeeGet beautiful “La Fayette, We are Here!” merchandise from TeePublic