A biography of francois marie arouet

At Cirey and at court, — Voltaire returned to France in He witnessed the last sad years of Louis XIV and was never to forget the distress and the military disasters of nor the horrors of religious persecution. A rationalistic approach was key to rewriting history.

This is no matter of faith, but of reason".

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His enemies related that he repented and accepted the last rites given by a Catholic priest, or that he died under great torment, while his adherents told how he was defiant to his last breath.

From an early age, Voltaire had trouble with the French authorities for his energetic attacks on the government and the Catholic Church, which resulted in numerous imprisonments and exiles throughout his life.

Its conclusion, Let us cultivate our garden instead of speculating on unanswerable problemsexpresses succinctly Voltaire's practical philosophy of common sense. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press,

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