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The Age of Voltaire

Audiobook

The Age of Voltaire, the ninth volume of The Story of Civilization, is an in-depth examination of France and England in the first half of the eighteenth century. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter

  • the English ideas that inspired the Enlightenment in France—skepticism, scientific experiment, constitutional government, "natural rights," and individual liberty;
  • the salons of Paris, where the wits and thinkers of all Europe gathered to exchange ideas;
  • the philosophes—intellectuals, playwrights, and poets who consulted and consorted with kings and queens;
  • Voltaire himself—the incarnation of the Enlightenment and a devotee of reason who still defended religious faith;
  • Mme. Pompadour, patron of the philosophes, who seduced King Louis XV and through him influenced French policy;
  • the Augustan Age in English literature—Alexander Pope's poetry, Jonathan Swift's satires, and the novels of Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding; and
  • the growing parasitism of the aristocracy and rising power of the commercial class.

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    Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Edition: Unabridged

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    • ISBN: 9781504600354
    • File size: 1236279 KB
    • Release date: June 1, 2015
    • Duration: 42:55:34

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    • ISBN: 9781504600354
    • File size: 1236470 KB
    • Release date: June 1, 2015
    • Duration: 42:55:13
    • Number of parts: 45

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    English

    The Age of Voltaire, the ninth volume of The Story of Civilization, is an in-depth examination of France and England in the first half of the eighteenth century. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter

  • the English ideas that inspired the Enlightenment in France—skepticism, scientific experiment, constitutional government, "natural rights," and individual liberty;
  • the salons of Paris, where the wits and thinkers of all Europe gathered to exchange ideas;
  • the philosophes—intellectuals, playwrights, and poets who consulted and consorted with kings and queens;
  • Voltaire himself—the incarnation of the Enlightenment and a devotee of reason who still defended religious faith;
  • Mme. Pompadour, patron of the philosophes, who seduced King Louis XV and through him influenced French policy;
  • the Augustan Age in English literature—Alexander Pope's poetry, Jonathan Swift's satires, and the novels of Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding; and
  • the growing parasitism of the aristocracy and rising power of the commercial class.

  • Expand title description text