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The Battle of Fontenoy: a literary afterlife
Monday, 11 May, 2020
The Battle of Fontenoy took place 275 years ago today, on 11 May 1745, near the city of Tournai, then in the Austrian Netherlands.
The Taste of deception: plague, food, and medicine in seventeenth-century England
Monday, 4 May, 2020
How well do you know your food, drink, and medicines? Do you trust their ingredients, appearance, and their taste?
A ‘Taste’ of Voltaire
Monday, 27 April, 2020
To say I was daunted is probably an understatement. Who was I to translate a previously untranslated text of Voltaire’s from French to English?
Virtue in crisis: Enlightenment perspectives
Monday, 20 April, 2020
With frightening speed, COVID-19 has brought about a global crisis. In the Enlightenment era, natural disasters, contagions, and wars also fed debates about civic (and other) virtues.
In memoriam Frank A. Kafker (1931-2020)
Thursday, 16 April, 2020
The Voltaire Foundation learned with regret last week of the passing of Professor Frank Arthur Kafker. He figured among the luminaries of eighteenth-century studies, specializing in the French Enlightenment, the Revolution, and the relationship between the two.
Introducing Tout d’Holbach
Tuesday, 14 April, 2020
Have you ever used Tout Voltaire or the ARTFL Encyclopédie and thought: ‘Wow! This is so helpful!’? If you work on d'Holbach, we've got good news for you!
Voltaire’s Louis XV, from bien-aimé to mal-aimé
Tuesday, 7 April, 2020
The French victory at Fontenoy in 1745 provided Voltaire, newly appointed historiographe de France, with a welcome opportunity.
Leadership matters in the first days and weeks of an outbreak: lessons from the Great Plague of Marseille, 300 years later
Friday, 3 April, 2020
The Great Plague of Provence, or Great Plague of Marseille, brought southern France to its knees, and led much of the rest of the world to impose strict measures to prevent its spread.
The ‘Rights of Man’: Our debt to the Enlightenment?
Friday, 27 March, 2020
Barely a week passes without some news story, from somewhere around the globe, involving human rights – most often, sadly, a story of their violation.
The typesetting challenges of OCV84
Thursday, 19 March, 2020
The challenge with the volume was how to capture Voltaire’s original hand-drawn markings and incorporate them into a complex page layout where their positioning could clash with sidenotes, line numbers, variant notes or footnotes.