Voltaire

Birth: 1694

Death: 1778

Occupation: Philosopher

Voltaire was, alongside Rousseau, the most prominent figure of the French Enlightenment. He was best known for his attacks on organised religion, especially on religious intolerance and persecution meted out by the Catholic Church in different parts of Europe. In July 1791, Revolutionaries honoured Voltaire's memory by digging up his remains and transferring them to the Panthéon in central Paris.

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Voltaire

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1790

29 December: The Duchess Reflects

The duchess takes stock of the Revolution thus far, and considers what it has meant for her and for the country. Her decision to begin this review...

Portrait by Nicolas de Largillière, c. 1724

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