Eighteenth-century French salons have developed a mystical aura as sites of elite sociability and workshops of Enlightenment philosophy.
Over the past few decades historians have justly complicated the narrative of the Enlightenment’s essentially secular nature.
We know from reading Voltaire’s letters that he likes quoting – French literature in abundance, but also a fair amount of Latin.
The concluding part of the introduction to this definitive edition of the Siècle de Louis XIV. This volume traces the history of the text from early manuscript drafts, through its evolution in print up to the first posthumous edition. It also includes a suite of critical editions presenting various texts that surround and shed light on the Siècle: manuscript notes, open letters published by Voltaire in periodicals, and forewords and prefaces from variant print editions.
The continuities of the Enlightenment with the past are many and little explored.
The ‘Encyclopédie’ is invaluable for the snapshot it provides of 18th-century European metallurgy and metalworking technology.
Le titre est trompeur. Il s’agit en réalité du plus gros livre sans doute qu’ait écrit Voltaire.
Volume 84 of the Œuvres complètes de Voltaire includes a section containing a large number of poems that have at one time or another been attributed to Voltaire.
We are keen to broaden the Digitizing Enlightenment community to highlight digital projects across the spectrum of 18th-century studies.
Le quatorzième tome de la « Correspondance générale de La Beaumelle », qui vient de paraître, se concentre sur la période de mars 1761 à décembre 1763.