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Voltaire's romances
     

Voltaire's romances

by Voltaire, Philippe Ballin (Editor)
 

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Voltaire wrote what the people thought, and consequently his writings were universally read. He wittily ridiculed established abuses, and keenly satirized venerable absurdities. For this he was consigned to the Bastile, and this distinction served to increase his popularity and extend his influence. He was thus enabled to cope successfully with

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PUBLISHER'S PREFACE

Voltaire wrote what the people thought, and consequently his writings were universally read. He wittily ridiculed established abuses, and keenly satirized venerable absurdities. For this he was consigned to the Bastile, and this distinction served to increase his popularity and extend his influence. He was thus enabled to cope successfully with the papal hierarchy, and laugh at the murmurs of the Vatican. The struggle commenced in his youth, and continued till his death. It was a struggle of light against darkness-of freedom against tyranny; and it ended in the triumph of truth over error and of toleration over bigotry.
Educated by the Jesuits, he early learned their methods, and his great ability enabled him to circumvent their wiles. The ceremonious presentation of his tragedy of Mahomet[1] to Pope Benedict XIV., is an example of his daring audacity;-his success with the "head of the church" shows his intellectual superiority-whilst the gracious reply of "his Holiness" fitly illustrates the pontiff's vanity. From priest to bishop, from cardinal to pope, all felt his intellectual power and all dreaded his merciless satire.

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ISBN-13:
9781541318595
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/27/2016
Pages:
616
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.24(d)

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