Le Siècle de Louis XIV

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Voltaire's Siècle de Louis XIV (1751) was the first major overall account of the reign of Louis XIV (1643-1715). It is the starting-point for any reflection on the political and cultural history of the era of the Sun King, and is a monument of eighteenth-century historiography that cannot be bypassed. It paved the way for both modern historiography and literary history.

The lasting success of this flagship work is due to the depth of Voltaire's insight into the persons and events that he is describing and to his historical method, which was remarkable for its day. The emphasis on first-hand accounts from those who witnessed events and on the perspective of the age as a whole rather than a parade of facts bears the stamp of Voltaire.

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Product Details

    • Author: Voltaire
    • ISBN: 978-1142027674
    • Published on: 2010-01-12
    • Originally published on: 1751
    • Original language: French
    • Binding: Paperback
    • 400 pages
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