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The Spanish Enlightenment revisited Front cover of latest OSE volume Ed. Jesús Astigarraga Traditional historiography has tended to disregard Spain’s role in the Enlightenment. In this book a team of experts overturns the myth of the ‘dark side of Europe’ and examines the authentic place of Spain in the intellectual economy of the time.

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Volume 79B: Religious works of 1776 Voltaire book display Un chrétien contre six Juifs and the Histoire de l’établissement du christianisme, along with La Bible enfin expliquée (OCV, vol.79A), are Voltaire’s last great works dealing with religion. In them he aims at the final destruction of l’Infâme as represented in characters from the Old Testament, Christian superstition, and religious intolerance. Voltaire had fought regularly against all these in the years after 1761. What distinguishes this latest production is the comprehensive quality of his enterprise and the shared outlook in promoting the ideal of deism.

Correspondences

Correspondance générale de La Beaumelle (1755-1756)
vol.X: 4 février–30 décembre 1756, Lettres LB 2536–LB 2888
La Pucelle title page La période de février à décembre 1756 est mouvementée pour La Beaumelle: de retour à Paris le 2 mars il obtient des assurances pour l’entrée de ses deux éditions des Maintenon: la distribution commence en mai et en juillet; il est conduit à la Bastille le 6 août pour une réflexion offensante pour la Cour de Vienne, dont il obtient la pardon en octobre.