The Précis du siècle de Louis XV is in many ways the most fascinating of his historical writings, and one of the least known. In it, we see him combining his techniques as a historian with those of the contemporary eyewitness – the ‘on dit’ of the earlier histories becomes ‘Je le sais, j’y étais’.
Précis du siècle de Louis XV (II)
Chapters 17-43, Appendices 1-4, Représentation des Etats de l’Empire
About the Book
The Précis du siècle de Louis XV is Voltaire’s vivid and engaging account of his own era. In this volume, the War of the Austrian Succession concludes with the victory of Maria Theresa, and France and England continue to skirmish in the global Seven Years War. Voltaire then turns his attention to French domestic politics and the attempted assassination of the king by Damiens, in the context of the struggle between the crown and the parlement.
The text is supported by extensive notes and variants from manuscript drafts and significant print editions.
Contributors: Janet Godden, James Hanrahan, John Renwick, Ruggero Sciuto
Table of Contents
Précis du siècle de Louis XV, ch.17-43 (Janet Godden and James Hanrahan)
Appendices (Janet Godden, James Hanrahan and John Renwick):
1. Four chapters from 1756
2. 'D'un fait singulier concernant la littérature': W64G, ch.61
3. 'Avis des éditeurs': 69L1
4. Notes from the Kehl edition
Représentation aux Etats de l’Empire (Ruggero Sciuto)
John R. Iverson
This edition should make it possible to study these works in new ways and will substantially expand our understanding of Voltaire’s work as an historian. Bravo!