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.


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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2 Responses to Reading for the Road: Books About Loire Valley

  1. books says:

    Great work, many really good tips! I appreciate you crafting this editorial and the rest of your web-site is amazing!

  2. Fiona says:

    What a haven of resources for Loire Valley! Thanks for the great effort and tips!

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