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Voltaire was one of the greatest of the Enlightenment philosophers, and his voice and values remain a vital presence in European culture today. It is the mission of the Voltaire Foundation to promote and explore these values.

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Besterman Lecture, November 2017

The Voltaire Foundation and the TORCH Enlightenment Programme invite you to the Besterman Lecture, Thursday 16 November 2017, University of Oxford, UK.

Fake views: an unusual false attribution

While looking for a pamphlet entitled ‘Lettre de M. de B... à Monsieur de Voltaire’ I came across a ‘Lettre de M. de Voltaire au peuple d’Angleterre, sur les écarts qu’il a fait paraître, au sujet des balladins français’.

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The Voltaire Foundation is a world leader for eighteenth-century scholarship, publishing the definitive edition of the Complete Works of Voltaire (Œuvres complètes de Voltaire), as well as Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (previously SVEC), the foremost series devoted to Enlightenment studies, and the correspondences of several key French thinkers.