Voltaire: Histoire de Charles XII [History of Charles XII]

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Voltaire’s Histoire de Charles XII, roi de Suède [History of Charles XII, King of Sweden] is a single-volume work of narrative history which records the accession of the young Charles XII to the throne of Sweden in 1697, his ensuing military successes, his bizarre retreat to Turkey, and the dramatic end to his short reign caused by his untimely death in 1718.

Voltaire (1694-1778) was a multi-faceted writer and philosophe who engaged in diverse fields and genres. These days the name ‘Voltaire’ typically conjures the image of a relentless campaigner against judicial, social, or religious injustice; the author of theatrical pieces, epic poetry, contes philosophiques (philosophical tales, especially …

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PIERSE, SIOFRA. "Histoire de Charles XII". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 August 2013
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