Reading for the Road:
Books About Loire Valley

BY France | Loire Valley

We at The Slow Road answer to many names (wanderers, bon vivants, students of life) but first and foremost, we’re a group of dedicated travellers. We’ve put together reading lists of books about Loire Valley—from novels to great guidebooks—that have really opened up our favourite regions. Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history and its people.

Must-Read Books about Loire Valley

books about loire valleyThe Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France
Ina Caro
Time travel through France by way of its finest chateaux, cathedrals and monasteries. This unusual travelogue is an invaluable companion for traveling in Paris, southern France, the Dordogne and the Loire Valley, combining personal observation with large doses of well-presented history.

books about loire valleyCathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.

Your Castle Awaits

Our Loire Chateaux Biking trip is like a trip through a fairy tale. Between the great food, fantastic biking and the luxury châteaux, you’ll feel like royalty at every turn.


books about loire valleyEyewitness Guide Loire Valley Eyewitness Guides Visually rich, comprehensive, and practical, this guidebook is an excellent introduction to the history, culture and attractions of the Loire Valley. Highly recommended.


books about loire valleyChocolat Joanne Harris This charming novel set in the Loire Valley pits provincial morals against pleasure. Adapted into a popular movie.


books about loire valleyThe Sun King Nancy Mitford An opulent, celebrated biography of Louis XIV. Gracefully written in a witty, conversational style, Mitford’s book brings Versailles to vibrant life.


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