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It’s been the centre of the establishment and the home of revolutionaries. It’s been at the heart of every significant French upheaval. And it’s shapeshifted constantly, hosting a king firing crossbow bolts at fleeing Huguenots, and now, harbouring a formidable collection of Islamic art. In less engaging hands, this documentary could be a long haul. But Hussey is erudite and approachable, his history both rigorously informed and satisfyingly anecdotal.