A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

This comprehensive, superbly illustrated, slipcased volume recounts the history of the palace and brings to life the splendors of French culture and history. A visit to the exceptionally well-preserved Fontainebleau—one of the few royal residences left intact during the French Revolution—offers unparalleled access to French history, art, and architecture. From François I to Napoleon, and from Marie Antoinette to Joséphine, Fontainebleau sweeps the reader back in time to experience the traditions and customs of great figures throughout the history of France. Comprised of more than 1,500 rooms on 130 acres of parkland and gardens, and situated thirty-seven miles south of Paris, Fontainebleau welcomes more than 500,000 visitors a year. This book features superb images illustrating the artisanal decorative details of the château and the spectacular works of art still housed within; it includes exclusive access to archival documents and numerous rooms and galleries that are not open to the public. Imbued with over eight centuries of history, Fontainebleau offers unique historical insight into the lives of over thirty-four French sovereigns who inhabited and enhanced this great architectural monument. From hunting excursions to the grand parties and spectacles that took place at Fontainebleau, this book is a private invitation inside a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of France’s most beautiful historical monuments.

About The Author

Guillaume Picon is a historian and a specialist on the kings of France. He is the author of Versailles: A Private Invitation (Flammarion, 2011).

Eric Sander’s photographs have appeared in Life, Time, and Newsweek, and in Jacques Garcia: Twenty Years of Passion: Château du Champ de Bataille (Flammarion, 2013).

  • Publish Date: February 02, 2016
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Architecture - Buildings - Residential
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-7/8
  • Pages: 224
  • US Price: $40.00
  • CDN Price: $40.00
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-020254-3


"Whether you have visited Chateau de Fontainbleau or not, Flammarion's book A Day at Chateau de Fontainbleau is a feast for the eyes and a worthwhile adventure, offering a rare view into areas of the chateau that guests could not personally access."

"Whereas many chateaux are associated primarily with a particular resident or royal, Chateau de Fontainebleau represents almost 1,000 years of French ruling dynasties. A Day at Château de Fontainebleau offers not only insights into the history, art and culture of France throughout the centuries, but also the lives of those who inhabited this magnificent French landmark."

A Day at the Château de Fontainebleau
 is a fascinating illustrated guide to the château de Fontainebleau, one of the most well-preserved, historically rich châteaus in the whole of France.  . . . I highly recommend A Day at the Château de Fontainebleau for anyone with an interest in French history, French architecture, and historical buildings."
-ViveLaQueen Blog

A Day at Chateau de Fontainbleau
is a beautifully illustrated book about the exceptionally well-preserved Chateau near Paris. It brings to life the history of this enormous castle with stories and anecdotes from its past . . . If you’ve never been there, you’ll feel like you know the chateau from this book, and if you have been there, the book will transport you straight back in your mind…"

"Akin to a private tour, A Day at Château de Fontainebleau gives readers an up-close view of this former royal residence, once home to the likes of François I, Louis XIV, and Napoléon.  With its many photos of the palace's sumptuous details and its sometimes intimate though often sweeping architecture, the book makes it crystal clear why this château has earned its reputation as one of France's architectural gems."

Author Bookshelf: Guillaume Picon

Author Bookshelf: Eric Sander