Having produced several works devoted to the history of France, Henri Martin began the history of “ancient and modern France”, from its origins until the 19th century. He wanted his book to appeal to all French citizens and therefore focused only on the most emblematic figures who, he believed, “exerted a real influence on the destiny of France”.
Henri Martin, whose portrait we can see on the left-hand page, became quite well-known for his contribution to shaping the history of the Gallic peoples.


Front page of the Histoire de France populaire, written by Henri Martin, and opposite, his bust