A survey of the history of the Marais from the Middle Ages to the present day. No Parisian quartier has undergone such extraordinary changes of fortune – from riches to rags and back again – and the Introduction offers a succinct overview of these along with consideration of perhaps the book’s major methodological and theoretical question, what it means to write about a city. The area’s current incarnation as what its detractors might dub a historical and cultural theme park should not, it is argued, serve to obfuscate the protean fascination of its history. This is not a guide-book, despite which the Introduction provides a brief overview of the neighbourhood today, in particular its commercial and cultural resources.
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