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 18th 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 philosophers - 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 philosophers, 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
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The Most Exquisite History Series
Definitely. I have read dozens of books on world history, and none compare to the thoroughness, insight into the nature of man via history, and philosophical perspectives and penmanship of Will Durant.
Excellent narrator. His pace, tone, and inflections seem to communicate the meaning of the author's words in an enthusiastic, effective, and effortless manner.
- Arthur Pendragon