95.5 hours of listening done. Only 4.5 hours to go. Francois Guizot's long history of France from the beginnings has been quite a journey. The part that I had missed in my earlier studies was the immense persecution thrown at the Christians by the Papists. Multiple wars of extermination were waged over centuries with truces at different times, followed by more treachery from the Romanists. Something sad was that the attempts to exterminate Christianity were often done side by side with a ban on exiting the country, thus, the Hugenots could be killed for staying and killed for leaving. This eventually had a critical effect on their colonies, as the determination to maintain Popery as the established religion in Canada precluded a mass emigration of French citizens to this area, which eventually left them too weak to resist the English.
Another more familiar area to me is the era of the "philosophers", meaning Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, and others. Diderot gets off better, but most of the "philosophers" seem to have been little more than foul mouthed mockers. It is as if a pack of unruly arsonists should be congratulated as heroes of architecture. Voltaire comes off a little better when he decides to support some of the persecuted protestants against the papists. The churlish side of me wants to say that he was probably just using the protestants as a pretext for venting against the catholics, but I should be more generous and not second guess the motives. The work is now just short of the French revolution, which is where it ends. I have a few other works on the French Revolution and one on the history of France in the 19th century to finish this ordeal with.