The World’s Story Volume V: Italy, France, Spain and Portugal

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This is the fifth volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Tappan. Each book is a compilation of selections from prose literature, poetry and pictures and offers a comprehensive presentation of the world's history, art and culture, from the early times till the beginning of the 20th century. Topics in Part V include Italian painters and poets, the French Revolution, the Spanish Inquisition and Portuguese explorers. - Summary by Sonia

Cast list for A supposed street scene in Verona in the fourteenth century:
Gregory: Nemo / Sampson: Tomas Peter / Abraham: Monika M.C. / Benvolio: Eva Davis / Tybalt: Son of the Exiles / First Citizen: SaraHale / Capulet: Jim Locke / Lady Capulet: Foon / Montague: Larry Wilson / Lady Montague: Devorah Allen / Prince of Verona: alanmapstone / Narrator: Sonia

Cast list for The coming of the Maid of Orléans:
Earl Dunois: Monika M.C. / Johanna: Eva Davis / King Charles: Tomas Peter / Archbishop: Nemo / Hire: alanmapstone / Narrator: Sonia

Cast list for Cardinal Richelieu and his enemy:
Richelieu: Foon / Julie: Monika M.C. / Huguet: Eva Davis / De Mauprat: Tomas Peter / Joseph: Nemo / Narrator: Sonia (18 hr 54 min)


Friedland, 1807, by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier (France, 1815-1891), painting,… 3:01 Read by Sonia
Italy Part I: In mediaeval times: Historical note 2:50 Read by Sonia
The coming of Charlemagne (774), by Gustave Masson 6:19 Read by Sonia
How Rome was defended from the Saracens (848), by Archibald Bower 5:02 Read by Sonia
The story of Gregory the Great (1050-1085), by Louise Creighton 7:36 Read by Sonia
Excommunicated, by Jean Paul Laurens (French painter, 1838), painting p. 12 2:36 Read by Sonia
St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), by Eva March Tappan 6:43 Read by Devorah Allen
The sermon of St. Francis, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 2:12 Read by Nemo
A day in Florence, in the thirteenth century, by Guido Biagi 12:46 Read by Jim Locke
Italy Part II: Dante and his age: Historical note 2:57 Read by Monika M. C.
Dante's vision of Heaven (1265-1321), by Norley Chester 7:29 Read by Monika M. C.
Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374), by Eva March Tappan 6:27 Read by Jim Locke
Pope Boniface defies his assailants, by Albert Maignan (France, 1844-1908), pai… 2:23 Read by Alan Mapstone
A supposed street scene in Verona in the fourteenth century, by William Shakesp… 7:12 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The rule of Rienzi (1347-1354), by Edward Bulwer-Lytton 16:57 Read by Pier
The flagellants, by Carl Marr (American painter, 1858), painting p. 48 2:35 Read by Foon
Italy Part III: The Renaissance: Historical note 2:53 Read by Roger Melin
How the doges of Venice were chosen, from the old chronicles 8:22 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The burning of the vanities (1497), by George Eliot 14:18 Read by April6090
Benvenuto Cellini, a goldsmith of the sixteenth century (1500-1571), by Alexand… 17:36 Read by Jim Locke
Galileo before the Inquisition, by Joseph Nicholas Robert-Fleury (French painte… 2:33 Read by Alan Mapstone
The Bridge of Sighs, by Lord Byron 1:10 Read by Nemo
Italy Part IV: Stories of the Italian artists: Historical note 2:57 Read by Roger Melin
Cimabue, the father of painting (1240-1302), by Clara Erskine Clement 3:34 Read by Jim Locke
Giotto and his ''O'' (1276-1336), by Clara Erskine Clement 4:45 Read by Tomas Peter
Stories of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), by Giorgio Vasari 19:30 Read by Devorah Allen
Padre Bandelli proses to the duke Ludovico Sforza about Leonardo da Vinci, by W… 8:48 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Michael Angelo and Pope Julius II (1506-1512), by Anna Jameson 8:40 Read by Jim Locke
Michael Angelo and Raphael in the Vatican, by Horace Vernet (France, 1789-1863)… 3:03 Read by Alan Mapstone
Raphael and his critic (1483-1520), by Giorgio Vasari 7:06 Read by Jim Locke
Vasari's memories of Titian (1477-1576), by Giorgio Vasari 7:24 Read by Jim Locke
Italy Part V: Modern Italy: Historical note 2:47 Read by April6090
When Napoleon crossed the Alps (1800), by John S. C. Abbott 26:43 Read by Jim Locke
How Italy became a united country (1848-1861), by Louise Creighton 9:37 Read by April6090
The forced recruit, Solferino, 1859, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 2:32 Read by April6090
Garibaldi and his prisoner (1860), by Felicia Buttz Clark 8:08 Read by April6090
France Part I: In the dark ages: Historical note 2:39 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Christmas of 496, by J. C. Bateman 22:17 Read by Jim Locke
The famous victory of Charles Martel (732), by A. W. Grube 4:43 Read by Jim Locke
The lament of Charlemagne for Roland (about 780), translated by Isabel Butler 8:55 Read by Jim Locke
Charlemagne, emperor of the West (800), by A. W. Grube 11:05 Read by Jim Locke
Rollo the Viking (885), by Eva March Tappan 6:56 Read by Jim Locke
Saint Louis opening the prisons of his realm, by Luc Olivier Merson (French pai… 2:47 Read by Foon
France Part II: Stories of the Hundred Years' War: Historical note 2:30 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The battle of Crécy (1346), by Sir John Froissart 10:23 Read by Ulrike Denis
How Queen Philippa saved the burghers (1347), by Sir John Froissart 7:44 Read by Colleen McMahon
The coming of the Maid of Orléans (1428) by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schi… 12:24 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Coronation of Charles VII at Rheims, by Jules Eugène Lenepveu (from a painting … 2:51 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The death of Jeanne d'Arc (1431), by Mary Rogers Bangs 10:20 Read by Jim Locke
France Part III: France under the Valois kings: Historical note 1:47 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Where Louis XI said his prayers (about 1483), by Victor Hugo 31:57 Read by Jim Locke
Anne of Brittany and her court (1476-1514), by Catherine Charlotte 12:06 Read by thestorygirl
The death of the chevalier Bayard (1524), from the old chronicles 6:10 Read by Jim Locke
Francis I and Charles V in St. Denis, by Antoine Jean Gros (French artist, 1771… 2:51 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
King Francis I and the goldsmith (1540), by Benvenuto Cellini 12:39 Read by Colleen McMahon
France Part IV: The house of Bourbon: Historical note 2:12 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The battle of Ivry (1590), by Thomas Babington Macaulay 5:23 Read by Colleen McMahon
Henry IV and Marie de Médici, by Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish painter, 1574-1642)… 2:16 Read by Foon
Cardinal Richelieu and his enemy (about 1640), by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton 22:09 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
In the days of the Fronde (1648), by Alexandre Dumas 23:04 Read by Jim Locke
The death of Louis XIV (1715), by Julie Pardoe 11:19 Read by Jim Locke
Louis XIV and Molière, by Jean Léon Gérôme (French painter, born 1824, died 190… 2:10 Read by Tomas Peter
France Part V: On the eve of the French Revolution: Historical note 2:25 Read by J. M. Smallheer
When Marie Antoinette entered Paris (1773) 2:41 Read by April6090
How the queen was served, by Madame Campan 2:07 Read by Foon
The wardrobe of Marie Antoinette, by Madame Campan 5:53 Read by April6090
The fall of the Bastille (1789), by Alexandre Dumas 13:06 Read by Colleen McMahon
The flight of Louis XVI (1791), by Charles Duke Yonge 20:12 Read by Jim Locke
The Marseillaise (1792), by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle 4:33 Read by Alan Mapstone
France Part VI: The reign of Terror: Historical note 2:42 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The execution of Louis XVI (1793), by Edmond Biré 13:37 Read by Colleen McMahon
Marie Antoinette in the Conciergerie, by Charles Louis Müller (French painter, … 2:35 Read by Hypatia
In the revolt of the Vendée (1793), by Victor Hugo 16:13 Read by April6090
Girondists on their way to the guillotine, by Karl Theodor von Piloty (German a… 2:24 Read by Hypatia
At the guillotine, by Charles Dickens 12:21 Read by Sonia
The fall of Robespierre (1794), by Thomas Carlyle 23:31 Read by Jim Locke
France Part VII: Napoleon Bonaparte: Historical note 1:52 Read by Hypatia
The eighteenth Brumaire, by François Bouchot (French artist, 1800-1842), painti… 2:57 Read by Alan Mapstone
The battle of Eylau (1807), by Isaac McLellan 4:39 Read by Alan Mapstone
The retreat from Moscow (1812), by Victor Hugo 5:15 Read by April6090
The retreat from Moscow, by Adolphe Yvon (French painter, 1817-1893), painting … 3:33 Read by Alan Mapstone
The coming of Louis XVIII (1814), by Louisa Mühlbach 9:00 Read by Ting Cleary
The return of Napoleon from Elba (1815), by Anonymous 10:36 Read by Availle
When Napoleon returned from Elba (1815), by Napoleon Bonaparte 2:41 Read by Devorah Allen
Waterloo (1815), by Victor Hugo 35:42 Read by April6090
Evening of the battle of Waterloo, by Ernest Crofts (English painter, 1847), pa… 2:48 Read by Alan Mapstone
The death of Napoleon (1821), by Isaac McLellan 3:02 Read by Alan Mapstone
France Part VIII: The Franco-Prussian War: Historical note 1:43 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The white flag of Sedan (1870), by Emile Zola 22:30 Read by Jim Locke
One day under the Commune (1871), by John Leighton 22:10 Read by Jim Locke
The defense of Champigny, by Jean Baptiste Edouard Detaille (born in Paris, 184… 1:41 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The soldiers' dream, by Jean Baptiste Edouard Detaille (French artist, 1848), p… 2:43 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Spain Part I: Under the Romans and the Moors: Historical note 2:00 Read by Hypatia
The sacrifice of the people of Saguntum (219 B.C.) by Mrs M. G. Quincy Sleeper 10:50 Read by Hypatia
The white hind of Sertorius (about 80 B.C.), by Plutarch 4:46 Read by Devorah Allen
The challenge of Paulus (about 672 A.D.), by Paulus 2:46 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
King Roderick and the magic tower (709 A.D.), an ancient legend related by Wash… 20:28 Read by April6090
Diego Perez, ''the Pounder'', from an old Spanish ballad, translated by J. G. L… 3:22 Read by Foon
The Cid and the leper (eleventh century), an old Spanish ballad, translated by … 5:02 Read by Tomas Peter
Spain Part II: The reign of Ferdinand and Isabella: Historical note 1:20 Read by Hypatia
The elopment of Ferdinand and Isabella (1469), by John S. C. Abbott 8:48 Read by Adam Santoni
Torquemada and the catholic king, by Jean Paul Laurens (French artist, 1838), p… 2:16 Read by Hypatia
The surrender of Granada (1492), by Washington Irving 14:15 Read by Availle
The governor of the Alhambra and the notary, by Washington Irving 15:07 Read by Jim Locke
A glimpse of Columbus in Spain (1492), by James Fenimore Cooper 16:58 Read by realisticspeakers
Columbus at the court of Spain, by Vacslav Brozik (Bohemian artist, 1851-1901),… 2:02 Read by Hypatia
The return of Columbus (1493), by Washington Irving 6:29 Read by Adam Santoni
Spain Part III: Spain at the height of her power: Historical note 1:28 Read by Hypatia
The first voyage around the World, by Eva March Tappan 7:15 Read by realisticspeakers
The abdication of Charles (1556), by William H. Prescott 12:30 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Escurial, by Théophile Gautier, translated by C. F. Bates 2:43 Read by Alan Mapstone
The knight of the windmills, by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) 16:16 Read by April6090
Captain Cuellar of the Armada and his troubles (1588), by James Anthony Froude 15:31 Read by Hypatia
Spain Part IV: The period of decline: Historical note 2:27 Read by April6090
Velasquez, the greatest of Spanish painters (1599-1660), by Mrs M. G. Quincy Sl… 5:37 Read by April6090
Spanish home life in the seventeenth century, by Mrs M. G. Quincy Sleeper 10:06 Read by April6090
The queen and her superintendent, by Mrs M. G. Quincy Sleeper 17:34 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The crossing of the Douro (1809), by Charles Lever 24:29 Read by Sandra Schmit
Portugal Part I: The age of chivalry: Historical note 1:23 Read by April6090
How the first king of Portugal won his kingdom (1139-1185), by Oswald Crawfurd 18:23 Read by Leni
The penance of a prince (about 1240), by Edward McMurdo 4:55 Read by April6090
The coronation of Inez de Castro (about 1347), by Felicia D. Hemans 5:39 Read by Larry Wilson
The betrothal of Princess Philippa (1385), by Sir John Froissart 11:59 Read by Hypatia
A joust at the court of Portugal (about 1400), by Sir John Froissart 9:19 Read by Hypatia
Portugal Part II: Exploration and discovery: Historical note 1:27 Read by April6090
Prince Henry the Navigator (1394-1460), by John Fiske 4:33 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The search for Prester John (1486), by John Fiske 7:16 Read by Leni
The first voyage to India (1497), by William H. G. Kingston 21:59 Read by Leni
How Portugal opened commerce with India (1498), by Jules Verne 14:17 Read by Angelique G. Campbell
The speech of Vasco da Gama to the king of Calicut (1498), by Luis de Camoëns 5:44 Read by Jim Locke
Portugal Part III: The last four centuries: Historical note 2:06 Read by April6090
The departure of King Sebastian (1578), an old Spanish ballad, translated by J.… 5:03 Read by Tomas Peter
The earthquake at Lisbon (1755), by Rev. Charles Davy 20:07 Read by April6090
A Portuguese shooting party (1880), by Oswald Crawfurd 11:36 Read by Sonia