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The Old Regime in Canada

Francis Parkman Jr.

Book Overview: 

Francis Parkman is an nineteenth century American historian. He devoted most of his life to a seven volume history of "The French and English in North America." "The Old Régime in Canada" is the fourth volume of the series and mainly covers the years from 1643 to 1663. Parkman is an excellent writer who organizes and tells a good story.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .iled from the hardship, and took husbands in the colony. Among

* “C’était par son recours à l’Enfant Jésus qu’elle trouvait tous ces secrets et d’autres semblables,” writes in our own day the excellent annalist, Faillon.

a few who took the vows, Sister Jumeau should not pass unnoticed. Such was her humility, that, though of a good family and unable to divest herself of the marks of good breeding, she pretended to be the daughter of a poor peasant, and persisted in repeating the pious falsehood till the merchant Le Ber told her flatly that he did not believe her.

The sisters had great need of a man to do the heavy work of the house and garden, but found no means of hiring one, when an incident, in which they saw a special providence, excellently supplied the want. There was a poor colonist named Jouane. . . Read More

Community Reviews

While his prose never disappoints, this fourth installment of Parkman’s France and England in North America is notably weaker than the prior three. There’s plenty to fascinate, disgust, and entertain, but the narrative stutters along with only faint thematic coherence. At any rate, I can’t praise th

“The Old Regime in Canada” starts off very much like the 3 earlier books in Parkman’s histories. Deprived settlers, torturing Indians, devout clergy, wise and unwise administrators, royal intrigue. Adventures are described, but adventure less of daring and more of perseverance, luck, and in a rare h

This book takes more of a big picture approach to really examine the big flaws with the entire French experiment in Canada and, if you thought Parkman was too obviously in the tank for the French in the first books of this series, well, you'll get a nice surprise here as he lays most of the blame fo