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Annales de l’Empire depuis Charlemagne (I-III)

Composées à la demande de Louise-Dorothée de Saxe-Meiningen, admiratrice des écrits historiques de Voltaire qui souhaitait lire une histoire du Saint Empire Romain Germanique issue de sa plume, les Annales de l’Empire se présentent comme le pendant de l’Abrégé chronologique de l’histoire de France de Hénault, ainsi que des Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire de la maison de Brandebourg de Frédéric II, que Voltaire avait lus à Potsdam en 1751. Flatté, l’historien se mit à la tâche, heureux de pouvoir opposer une liste d’empereurs aux électeurs de Frédéric.

Précis du siècle de Louis XV (I-III)

Forthcoming 2020

The Précis du siècle de Louis XV is an account of Voltaire’s own world. His sources are the memoirs of leading military or political figures, many known to him personally, the wide range of archives and state papers to which he had access as historiographe de France, what he reads in the press, and what he picks up in conversation. We have moved from Voltaire historian to Voltaire the shrewd eye-witness, writing with vivacity of what he has seen and heard.

Voltaire Foundation receives grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for Digital Enlightenment

The Voltaire Foundation is delighted to announce the award of a generous research grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant of $704,000 for a period of 18 months will enable the preliminary phase of Digital Scholarly Editions of the European Enlightenment (Digital Enlightenment). Building on the Voltaire Foundation’s existing expertise in producing print critical editions, this project will explore the challenges of producing high-quality scholarly editions digitally.

The age of lightness

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.

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