A NOTE ON THE PYGMALION FRENCH KINGS SERIES
(an imprint of Flammarion in Paris) have produced a series of biographies on French kings called , and French language readers will be delighted to find that there are many books in the series, with twenty-eight currently in print. These are available from the publisher, the French Amazon store, and no doubt other vendors.
There is no French edition as yet for Catherine Hanley’s book on Louis the Lion (later crowned as Louis VIII). A few biographies of Louis exist in French, the most academic would seem to be 'Louis VIII: Le Lion’ by Gérard Sivéry (Fayard, 1995), which is not part of the Histoire des rois de France series.
Callwey, Munich 1980
Diederichs, Munich 2004
Flammarion, Paris 2019
Fayard, Paris 2011
Agnès Viénot, Paris, 1996
Deutscher Bücherbund, 1988 (Bookclub edition)
Pawlak Herrsch, Bavaria, 1991
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Five English Monarchs titles or our so called ‘Companion’ titles have been translated into foreign languages. None of these editions mention that the books are part of an English language history series. See the individual book pages for further details.
WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR
David Douglas' 1964 ‘William the Conqueror’ was published in a German edition by Callwey in 1980 as Wilhelm der Eroberer, and reprinted by Diederichs in 2004. Oddly, no French language version of this important work was found.
David Bates’ 2016 ‘William the Conqueror’ was published by Flammarion in a French edition in 2019 as Guillaume le Conquerant.
ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE
Ralph V. Turner’s 2009 ‘Eleanor of Aquitaine’ was published in a French edition by Fayard in 2011. Tactful, putting her first husband on the cover, don't you think?
Two foreign language versions of Gillingham’s 1978 biography of Richard I were published. A French language version was published in 1996 by Agnès Viénot Editions (ISBN 9782911606045) titled ‘Richard Coeur de Lion’. No fewer than three German language editions were published in 1988, 1990 and 1991. 'Richard Löwenherz’ was issued in 1988 by Deutscher Bücherbund (ISBN unknown); in 1990 by Claassen-Verlag (ISBN 9783546432238) with a cover borrowed from the 1989 British reprint of the 1978 book (" from a sixteenth century woodcut"; and was reissued in 1991 by Pawlak Herrsch (ISBN 9783881997386). Although this early version of Gillingham’s work was not the expanded 1999 Yale version, nevertheless it is the author’s earlier work on Richard and rightly represents his English Monarchs book in other languages.
PHILIP II OF SPAIN
Planeta, Spain’s largest media publishing group, has published a Spanish version of Geoffrey Parker’s biography of Philip II of Spain. The Spanish edition was published in 2015 - the year after the Yale English language version.
The German publisher Societäts-Verlag released a German language version of Ragnhild Hatton’s ‘George I’ in 1982 with the title ‘Georg I: Ein deutscher Kurfürst auf Englands Thron’ (George I: A German Elector on the throne of England).