The Encyclopédie

 

A fascinating Melvyn Bragg BBC podcast on the Encyclopédie, that embodiment of the Enlightenment and product of the intellectual hothouse that was Paris at the time (and which supposedly inspired Robert Damiens to attempt to assassinate Louis XV).

However, good as it is, the podcast was broadcast in 2006 and does contain comments on salon culture which are simply wrong (‘The salon myth’).

‘The Prologue’, and chapters 1 to 4 of ‘Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King’ are now freely available here.

6 long form articles on Casanova’s life and times are freely available here.

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