The Age of Voltaire : The Story of Civilization

  • by Will Durant, Ariel Durant
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • Series: The Story of Civilization
  • 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-05-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.