WRITTEN BY THE Benedictine Bernard de Montfaucon (1655–1741), a noted scholar of antiquity, this five-volume history details the origins of the French nation and the development of its monarchy. Along with many other historical writers of the period, Montfaucon sought to establish a modern national identity in France’s Greco-Roman past.
Bernard de Montfaucon. Les monumens de la monarchie francoise, qui comprennent l’histoire de France. . . . (The Monuments of the French Monarchy.) Paris: J.-M. Gandouin P.F. Goffart, 1729–1733. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress