For anyone interested in one of the lesser well-known aspects of the Enlightenment here’s The Economist’s review of Philipp Blom’s much to be recommended ‘A Wicked Company’.
The portrait is of Baron d’Holbach whose salon and the activities of its members are central to Blom’s account.
‘The Prologue’, and chapters 1 to 9 of ‘Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King’ are now freely available here.
26 long form articles on Casanova’s life and times are freely available here.
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