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Voltaire in Korea

‘Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction’ has just appeared in Korean, published by Humanitas. The author of the book, Nicholas Cronk, collaborated with his translator, the Enlightenment scholar Minchul Kim, to write this preface specially aimed...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 4 Feb 2021

That unfortunate movement

Olympe de Gouges, pioneer of women’s rights, here pictured handing Marie-Antoinette a copy of her Déclaration des droits de la femme et de la citoyenne. Engraving by Desrais and Frussotte, c. 1790. (BnF/Gallica) The French Revolution: A very...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 12 Dec 2019

December 24

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (December 24, 1768). “PATRICK MACKEY … has opened a Skinner’s Shop.” When Patrick Mackey arrived in Providence from Philadelphia, he...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 24 Dec 2018

Would Voltaire have made a good PhD supervisor? Voltaire mentors Vauvenargues

Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747), by Charles Amédée Colin. A current work in progress at the Voltaire Foundation relates to one of Voltaire’s less-discussed friendships that ended all too soon due to a fatal illness....
From: Voltaire Foundation on 6 Nov 2018

"Conciatore" Book Excerpt

CONCIATORE, The Life and Times of 17thCentury Glassmaker Antonio Neri, By Paul EngleFrom the Introduction:"Under the cover of Antonio Neri's glassmaking book, L'Arte Vetraria, lays an alchemist's treasure. Centuries-old pages invite us to share...
From: Conciatore on 20 Dec 2017

September 29

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 29, 1767).“They daily expect by the NANCY, Capt. JORDAN, from London, two very large and compleat assortments of goods.”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 29 Sep 2017

June 14

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Pennsylvania Gazette (June 11, 1767).“He is so far from being a Quack Doctor, or Dealer in mysterious Receipts.” Recently arrived in Philadelphia from Saint Domingue,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 14 Jun 2017

March 11

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Georgia Gazette (March 11, 1767).“THOMAS LEE jun. House-Carpenter and Joiner.” Thomas Lee, Jr. most likely placed this advertisement to introduce himself to residents...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Mar 2017

Voltaire and the one-liner

To mark the publication at Oxford University Press of his new book ‘Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction’, a contribution to their Very Short Introductions series, Nicholas Cronk has written the following post about the wit and wisdom...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 10 Mar 2017

Shaking out the cobwebs

I paused in this space three years ago, in part due to other obligations.  I've bounced around and made use of lots of social media to connect with colleagues and friends -- and it's worked very well for me.I realized recently that I don't really...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 23 Nov 2016

Live-Tweeting The One King Lear

  Three weeks ago I had what seemed like a fun idea at the time: I’d live-tweet a steady stream of my responses to Brian Vickers’s — sorry: Sir Brian Vickers’s — new work of counter-revisionist literary/textual/theatre...
From: dispositio on 2 Jun 2016


CONCIATORE, The Life and Times of 17thCentury Glassmaker Antonio Neri, By Paul Engle From the Introduction: "Under the cover of Antonio Neri's glassmaking book, L'Arte Vetraria, lays an alchemist's treasure. Centuries-old pages invite us to...
From: Conciatore on 22 Jan 2016

The Astronomy Exam at Haverford College in 1859

In the late 1850s students at Haverford College had to pass exams in three departments: English, Classics, and Mathematics.[1] They demonstrated their mastery in these divisions through a grueling set of exams at the end of the senior year.[2] First they...
From: Darin Hayton on 25 Jul 2015

Reading the Eighteenth CenturyWhen I was a teenager, I wanted to read. What made me a little unusual,...

Reading the Eighteenth CenturyWhen I was a teenager, I wanted to read.  What made me a little unusual, perhaps, is that I wanted to read books about, and from, the eighteenth century.  The problem was that I didn’t really know where to...

Conciatore Excerpt

Fig. 1, Conspicilla (“Spectacles,” detail), Florence, c. 1591,by Jan van der Straet (Giovanni Stradano).First, I would like to thank you, my dear readers, for the many kind words congratulating me on the publication of the companion book to this blog....
From: Conciatore on 23 Jan 2015

Portrait of an Ageing Elizabeth I

Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I in the BBC series Elizabeth R As part of the promotions for my new book An Illustrated Introduction to the Tudors, On the Tudor Trail very kindly hosted an article I wrote about a portrait that shows Elizabeth I in her...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 19 Nov 2014

"Manages to bring history alive in an entertaining way. The entertainment, however, is never at the cost of history."

There have been two reviews of An Illustrated Introduction to the Tudors - from Stephanie A. Mann, author of Supremacy and Survival: How English Catholics Endured the Reformation, and from Claire Ridgway, author of The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 17 Nov 2014

Beyond First Impressions: Gareth Russell's Introduction to the Tudors

My first impressions are that this is a well-illustrated (as befits the title) biographical survey of the Tudor dynasty and its origins. From what I have read so far, Russell acknowledges the fascination of the Tudors and supplies amble evidence of why...

The Future of Performing Humanity

The Future of Performing Humanity.
From: Performing Humanity on 3 Nov 2014

The Future of Performing Humanity

We’re excited to introduce readers, faithful and newly added, to the testing site of the updated Performing Humanity. In the coming months, we will be assessing  the new site as an alternative to this platform.  We’ll be sharing reviews...
From: Performing Humanity on 1 Oct 2014

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