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French History Friday: The Bourbons

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by Tony Dyer (subscribe)
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From the Heads of the Nation to Headless ľ The Bourbons

There is no better way to enjoy an evening of erudite scholarship than sipping a glass of fine French wine and joining in the fun and friendly environment at Alliance Franšaise de Brisbane's, French History Fridays.

This Friday, 14 October, 2016 Dr. Romain Fathi will be leading an enthralling discussion on the former French dynasty of The Bourbons. The evening commences at 6:30pm in the premises of Alliance Franšaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End.

Admission to the event is $25 for Alliance Franšaise members and $30 for non-members and includes a glass of fine French wine. Click here to purchase your tickets on-line:

The discussion, which is held in English, follows on from previous informal talks held by Romain Fathi on French history and will be of about 45 minutes duration with time for questions and answers.

The Bourbon dynasty is said to be simultaneously the apex and the nadir of the French monarchy. The Bourbons left a most enduring legacy which can still be felt and observed in so many ways in modern France. The ways in which they applied absolute monarchy and their hubris have left particularly memorable records throughout French history. From Henri IV (1553-1610) to Louis XVI (1754-1793), this conference will present the heydays of the Bourbons, at Versailles in particular, until their fall under the Revolution.
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Louis XVI

Though a fiercely republican country, France lives with the lasting legacy of its royal past. The Revolution, and the following republics, tried to erase that legacy but the symbols, traditions, castles and cultural artefacts shaped by the Houses of France remain present in the life of French people.

Whether you already have some knowledge in French History or whether you just have an interest in the area, French History Fridays are sure to teach you something new. The evening on the Bourbons will give you new insights into both France's past and present along with a historical narrative of the past and an analysis of the French peoples' relationship with their glorious, and infamous, royal heritage.

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Dr. Romain Fathi
Leading the discussions will be Dr. Romain Fathi who is a French historian with longstanding research interests concerning the Australian national identity, the Great War and war commemorations. Dr Fathi was awarded his PhD jointly by The University of Queensland and Sciences Po (Paris, France).

Although he focuses his research on Australian/French history, Romain is passionate about the history of his own country, France. He has studied and taught in several universities including Sciences Po, Yale and The University of Queensland where he lectures and tutors at the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.

Romain's boundless enthusiasm for, and unsurpassed knowledge of, the evening's topic will have you spellbound. Then, during the Q & A session, you will be able to enjoy a stimulating conversation as you enjoy some fine French wine.

All in all, this is set to be a stimulating yet relaxing Friday evening.

For more information or to book your ticket for this conference click here or contact the Alliance Francaise by phone on 3844 4460 or email at
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Why? Take the opportunity to learn something while sipping French wine.
When: Friday, 14 October, 2016 from 6.30pm.
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members and includes a glass of fine French wine.
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