Voltaire was not an academic historian. In his defence, he never claimed to be one, and his histories are all the more interesting for it.
The Voltaire Foundation blog: a collaborative resource for all 18th-century enthusiasts
Thursday, 30 May, 2019
The Voltaire Foundation blog recently marked its sixth anniversary, having clocked up some 250 posts.
Tuesday, 21 May, 2019
One of the key texts of the early Enlightenment, by the marquis d’Argenson, which circulated clandestinely in manuscript for decades before its posthumous publication as the ‘Considérations sur le gouvernement’ in 1764, mounted a scathing indictment of the Old Regime social and political order.
Prof. Catriona Seth, the inaugural lecture of the eighth Oxford Marshal Foch Professor
Wednesday, 15 May, 2019
The inaugural lecture on 9 May 2019.
The best Voltaire books – recommended by Nicholas Cronk
Thursday, 2 May, 2019
Voltaire is the most famous of the Enlightenment thinkers. Not necessarily the most radical or the most extreme philosophe, but certainly the one with the highest profile.
Le voyage de trois élèves de St Albans à Oxford
Monday, 29 April, 2019
Le 15 janvier 2019, nous sommes partis de St Albans School pour visiter la Fondation Voltaire afin de rencontrer le professeur Nicholas Cronk et le Dr Gillian Pink, avec l’intention d’en savoir plus sur leur travail à la Fondation.
Entretien avec Nicholas Cronk et Glenn Roe
Wednesday, 24 April, 2019
For those who missed it first time round, here is another chance to read this interview with Glenn Roe and Nicholas Cronk.
The age of lightness
Thursday, 18 April, 2019
France is a light-hearted nation… This classical common belief is echoed repeatedly throughout the eighteenth century and bears witness to the deep axiological, scientific and ethical upheavals which this volume explores.
Anarchists and terrorists at Geneva and Waterford in the 1780s
Thursday, 11 April, 2019
On 1 July 1782 most of the leaders of the popular government at Geneva fled their city by boat, landing on the Neuchâtel shore of Lake Geneva. How did this come to pass?