As part of the French Institute's Beyond Words French Literature Festival: 17-23 May 2021

Two years ago, the whole world was in shock upon seeing images of Notre-Dame de Paris in flames. The profound emotion opened up a series of questions: Why was everyone so deeply moved? What makes Notre-Dame, the soul of a nation and a symbol of human achievement?

In answer, writer, critic and broadcaster Agnès Poirier turns to the defining moments in Notre-Dame’s history in her book Notre-Dame: The Soul of France, published last year in English, and this year in French. She will be in conversation with award-winning historian, biographer and BBC Radio 4’s Making History presenter Tom Holland.