Republished for the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, this new edition of Best of Enemies gives an entertaining and perceptive overview of Anglo-French relations. Updated to include the Anglo-French disagreements over the second Gulf War, this is an extensively revised edition of a book that was widely praised when it first appeared in 1995. Robert Gibson gives a lucid and lively account of the love-hate relationship between the English and the French that has lasted for more than a thousand years. Richly illustrated with cartoons from both sides of the Channel, this intelligent and well-documented study will appeal to anyone interested in the history of English and French relations.
‘Best of Enemies is a thoroughly absorbing – and at times hilarious – study of 800 years of hostilities and misunderstandings between our nations.’ – Tom Hibbert, The Mail on Sunday
‘Copious quotation plus a pleasingly crisp style combine to make this a very attractive and readable volume. Just the thing to consult en route to the gîte.’ – Michèle Roberts, The Independent
‘This is a readable and scholarly enhancement of the understanding of our diplomatic and military history over nearly a thousand years.’ – Alan Clark, The Daily Telegraph
‘[A] highly readable account of Anglo-French relations over the past millennium . The perspectives Gibson offers are welcome and timely.’ – A.C. Grayling, The Financial Times