"Nearly a thousand years have shaped this residence of French kings and emperors of every dynasty...
Down the centuries, every passing era has left its mark on the fabric of this remarkable place."
A visit to the exceptionally well-preserved Fontainebleau - one of the few royal residences left intact during the French Revolution - offers unparalleled access to French history, art and architecture; it was the setting for numerous important and political events, as well as lavish celebrations and spectacles.
From François I to Napoléon, and from Marie Antoinette to Joséphine, Fontainebleau sweeps sweeps the reader back in time to experience the traditions and customs of great figures throughout the history of France. Offering unique historical insight into the lives of over thirty-four French sovereigns who inhabited and enhanced this great architectural monument, this volume traces the château's fascinating history, from its humble medieval origins as an abbey in 1137 to the magnificent palace of today.