Letter XIV of Voltaire’s Lettres philosophiques provides an insight into the early days of modern science, contrasting
Battles on and off the field
Monday, 11 May, 2015
The eleventh of May 2015 is the 270th anniversary of the battle of Fontenoy, a great French victory in the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748).
Learning art in Rome… à la française
Thursday, 16 April, 2015
Can art be taught? Certainly. The larger question is, can it be learnt? And if so, how?
Voltaire: historian of modernity
Thursday, 2 April, 2015
Voltaire’s historical writings form a significant part of his output, including works on Louis XIV, Louis XV, Charles XII, Peter the Great, the Holy Roman Empire, and even a pioneering universal history.
From battered wife to major writer: Madame de Graffigny and her tell-all Correspondance
Friday, 6 March, 2015