Précis du siècle de Louis XV (I)

Introduction, chapters 1-16

Author: Voltaire

Volume: 29A

Series: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire

Volume Editors: Janet Godden, James Hanrahan

Publication Date: 2019

Pages: 498

ISBN: 978-0-7294-1137-0

Price: £125


The Précis du siècle de Louis XV is Voltaire’s vivid and engaging account of his own era. In this volume, the editors present the first sixteen chapters of the work: starting with an introduction to the situation in Europe at the time of Louis XIV’s death in 1715, the narrative continues through the Regency and into the midst of the War of Austrian Succession, up to the iconic French victory at the Battle of Fontenoy (1745).

The text is supported by a comprehensive introduction to the work, detailing the genesis and evolution of the work through its many iterations.

Table of contents


List of manuscripts, editions and translations

Précis du siècle de Louis XV, chapters 1-16

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