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Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris

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Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris

Victor Hugo began writing Notre-Dame de Paris in 1829, largely to make his contemporaries more aware of the value of the Gothic architecture, which was neglected and often destroyed to be replaced by new buildings or defaced by replacement of parts of buildings in a newer style. For instance, the medieval stained glass panels of Notre-Dame de Paris had been replaced by white glass to let more light into the church.[1] This explains the large descriptive sections of the book, which far exceed the requirements of the story. A few years earlier, Hugo had already published a paper entitled Guerre aux Démolisseurs (War to the Demolishers) specifically aimed at saving Paris’ medieval architecture.[2] The agreement with his original publisher, Gosselin, was that the book would be finished that same year, but Hugo was constantly delayed due to the demands of other projects. In the summer of 1830, Gosselin demanded that Hugo complete the book by February 1831. Beginning in September 1830, Hugo worked nonstop on the project thereafter. The book was finished six months later.

Table of contents


  Part 1.
   Chapter I. The grand hall  Chapter IV. Master jacques coppenole
   Chapter II. Pierre gringoire
 Chapter V. Quasimodo
   Chapter III. Monsieur the cardinal
 Chapter VI. Esmeralda
  Part 2
   Chapter I. From charybdis to scylla
 Chapter V. Result of the dangers
   Chapter II. The place de grève
 Chapter VI. The broken jug
   Chapter III. Kisses for blows
   Chapter IV. The inconveniences of following a pretty woman through the                                                      streets in the evening

 Chapter VIII. A bridal night

  Part 3.
   Chapter I. Notre – Dame  Chapter II. A bird’s-eye view of paris
  Part 4
   Chapter I. Good souls  Chapter IV. The dog and his master
   Chapter II. Claude Frollo  Chapter V. More about Claude Frollo
   Chapter III. Immanis pecoris custos, immanior ipse  Chapter VI. Unpopularity
  Part 5
  Chapter I. Abbas beati martini Chapter II. This will kill that
  Part 6
   Chapter I. An impartial glance at the ancient magistracy  Chapter IV. A tear for a drop of water
   Chapter II. The rat-hole  Chapter V. End of the story of the cake
   Chapter III. History of a leavened cake of maize  
  Part 7
   Chapter I. The danger of confiding one’s secret to a goat  Chapter V. The two men clothed in black
   Chapter II. A priest and a philosopher are two different things  Chapter VI. The effect which seven oaths in the open air can produce
   Chapter III. The bells  Chapter VII. The mysterious monk
   Chapter IV. Ἀνáγκη.  Chapter VIII. The utility of windows which open on the river
  Part 8
   Chapter I. The crown changed into a dry leaf  Chapter IV. Lasciate ogni speranza—leave all hope behind, ye who enter here.
   Chapter II. Continuation of the crown which was changed into a dry leaf  Chapter V. The mother
   Chapter III. End of the crown which was turned into a dry leaf  Chapter VI. Three human hearts differently constructed
  Part 9.
   Chapter I. Delirium  Chapter IV. Earthenware and crystal.
   Chapter II. Hunchbacked, one eyed, lame  Chapter V. The key to the red door.
   Chapter III. Deaf  Chapter VI. Continuation of the key to the red door
  Part 10
   Chapter I. Gringoire has many good ideas in succession  Chapter V. The retreat in which monsieur louis of france says his prayers.
   Chapter II. Turn vagabond.  Chapter VI. Little sword inpocket
   Chapter III. Long live mirth  Chapter VII. Chateaupers to the rescue
   Chapter IV. An awkward friend.  
  Part 11.
   Chapter I. The little shoe  Chapter III. The mariage of phoebus
   Chapter II. The beautiful creature clad in white (Dante)  Chapter IV: The marriage of Quasimodo.


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