Edward Rutherfurd, the author of Sarum, London, and New York, is the world's greatest writer of historical epics. Now he turns his attention to Paris and the lives of the men and women who, in two thousand years, transformed a humble Roman trading post on the muddy banks of the Seine to the most beautiful and celebrated capital in the world. Any history of Paris is a history of the city's buildings: the Gothic majesty of Notre Dame, the massive bulk of the Louvre, the dazzling glitter of Versailles and the cloud-touching iron spire of the Eiffel Tower. Rutherfurd inhabits these buildings with real people who fight, who frolic, who lie and cheat, who live and love; from its founding under the Romans to the timeless love story of Abelard and Heloise and the martyrdom of Joan of Arc; from the gilded glories of the Bourbon kings to the horrors of the French Revolution; from the glittering Napoleonic Empire to the Nazi occupation and the incredible efforts of the French Resistance. The most detailed, thrilling, and romantic novel that Rutherfurd has ever written, Paris: The Novel brings the sights, scents, and tastes of Paris to sumptuous life.