Le Carla, a medieval fortified village near Foix in the Ariège, was the birthplace of Pierre Bayle, and the fitting location of a two-day meeting on the subject of Huguenot travels and correspondence.
Virtually everything about the Chevalier d’Éon’s life was extraordinary. However, far more remarkable than all of this is the fact that, aged forty-nine, the Chevalier began a new life as a woman.
Madame Natalia Elaguina a été décorée de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres au grade de chevalier le 18 novembre dernier au Consulat général de France à Saint-Pétersbourg. L’équipe de la Voltaire Foundation lui adresse toutes ses félicitations.
In eighteenth-century Europe, artistic production was characterised by significant geographical and cultural transfer. For innumerable musicians, composers, singers, actors, authors, dramatists and translators – and the works they produced – state borders were less important than style, genre and canon. Through a series of multinational case studies a team of authors examines the mechanisms and characteristics of cultural and artistic adaptability to demonstrate the complexity and flexibility of theatrical and musical exchanges during this period.
It is my birthday this week. People have already started celebrating. Because for the last 350 years I have been vexing the world, they still gather to talk about me, to talk about my books.
As part of our efforts to establish the Voltaire Lab as a virtual research centre, we are pleased to announce a major update of the TOUT Voltaire database and search interface.
On a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1903, Beatrix Potter was shown an elaborately embroidered French velvet coat from the 1780s.
Tous les 4 novembre, la Revolution Society célèbre la ‘Glorieuse Révolution’ anglaise de 1688.
In mid-July 1765, Voltaire produced a twenty-page pamphlet entitled Questions sur les miracles à M. le professeur Cla*** par un proposant, hoping at best for a reply from the said pastor, little thinking that it would lead to the publication eleven months later, in May 1766, of a 232-page volume entitled Collection des lettres sur les miracles, composed of various short writings from the period. Voltaire's series of twenty imaginary letters might at first glance be seen as one chronological sequence, as superficial as the fickle and fleeting question they address.